Posted on : 01-11-2008 | By : Frank Eliason | In : Inspirational, Living in Philadelphia
One of the items I will use this blog for is to share stories that inspire me. Sometimes this will be related to social media, other times service, but I wanted to start with a story more personal. These will be people that truly inspire the best out of everyone they meet. To start this off I planned to talk about people I have met recently but I kept coming back to a story very close to my heart. Have you heard of Alexandra Scott? You may better know her by Alex. She started Alex’s lemonade stand back in 2000. Here is the story how a 4 year old started something that will keep her close to people’s hearts for a long time to come. She and her family are the definition of inspirational.
Her story begins when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, 2 days before her first birthday. When she was 4 years old she wanted to have a lemonade stand to get some money. Her parents were willing to give her money for whatever she wanted. This is similar to any parent in this situation. But it turns out she wanted something bigger. She wanted to find a way that should could help her doctors find a cure for kids with cancer. She did this by starting her lemonade stand. Her family, in an effort to make sure she received the best care, moved to the Philadelphia area. They continued the lemonade stand in their new location. In 2002 the popularity continued to grow with many cancer survivors starting stands of their own. By 2004 the effort was national and raised close to $1 million. Alex took her message to the world through the Today Show and Oprah. Even as her health was not doing so well, Alex lived the dream to raise funds to help her doctors make life better for so many others. She had amazing strength. Alex passed away at the age of 8 on August 1, 2004, just 5 days after our Angel Gia.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand has raised over $19 million for pediatric cancer research.
If you are looking for a great charity check out www.alexslemonade.org. How can we create an online lemonade stand for everyone to have a refreshing drink for a good cause?
Jay and Liz Scott you are my hero’s for what you have done to keep Alex’s dream alive! The strength and leadership you have shown with your foundation is amazing. Who are some of your heros?