Meet Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation!

Good evening! We’re getting this one in under the wire for Monday’s partnership spotlight, but I guarantee you it’s worth the wait.

I am so excited to introduce Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation! Their mission is to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer causes, and to support research into new treatments and cures.

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Catchy name! What’s the story?

When Alex, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer just before her first birthday, was four, she told her parents she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand. Her plan: to give the money to doctors to help them find a cure. Her first “Alex’s Lemonade Stand”, held with the help of her older brother Patrick, raised an astonishing $2,000 in one day. While bravely fighting her own cancer, Alex continued to set up lemonade stands every year. As news spread of the remarkable girl so dedicated to helping other sick children, people everywhere were inspired to start their own lemonade stands—donating the proceeds to her cause.

In 2004 when Alex passed away at the age of eight—her stand and inspiration had raised more than $1 million towards finding a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began.

That is incredibly touching. Can you tell us more about the organization?

Our mission is simple: to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer causes—especially research into new treatments and cures—and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

How is Alex’s Lemonade Stand different from other cancer charities?

We’re changing childhood cancer, one research grant at a time: We are unique in our grant-making approach, having donated millions of dollars to support life saving childhood cancer research. With careful consideration and consultation with leading researchers across the country, we have developed our grant program to make the biggest impact possible. Our smart spending of your donations has translated into innovative breakthroughs, more access to new treatments, and a dramatic change in the landscape of pediatric cancer. All this leads to one very important change for children and their families — hope for new and improved treatments!

You guys are awesome. How can other people who think you’re awesome get involved?

  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation holds special events throughout the year. Always fun and one-of-a-kind, special events are “win-win” for everyone: attendees (and volunteers) have a great time, and we all raise money for a great cause. See when the next event is being held in your area. Check it out.
  • Host a fundraising event. Whether you’re an individual, family, school, or business, ALSF has got you covered! Here’s a fabulous list of ideas for fundraisers of all sizes.
  • We’d be remiss not to encourage our engaged readers to share their big day with a wedding registry that helps fund cancer research.

LilyAktins_2012_01.JPGThanks for sharing, guys! We’re suddenly craving lemonade. Where can we find this lil lady?

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