Alex’s Lemonade Stand

by PJ Mullen on April 30, 2010

in April 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

Our final nominee for April’s Spread Your Warmth campaign comes to us from my good friend, and fellow dad blogger, Steely Dad. I first found out about Alex’s Lemonade Stand from Steely’s post “If Life Gives You Cancer Make Lemonade” where he talked about how his family sponsored a lemonade stand last year.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010, was born of four year old Alexandra “Alex” Scott’s idea to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Unfortunately, Alex lost her battle with cancer in 2004, but the foundation that bears her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement.

In the ten years since that first lemonade stand was held, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has raised more than $30 million towards Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 125 research projects nationally. Even more impressive is that in 2008 an astounding 89% of all funds raised went to funding their mission, which is:

  • to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures, and
  • to encourage and empower others, especially children, to raise money for childhood cancer by holding their own Alex’s Lemonade Stands.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand believes that everyone can make a difference and they encourage everyone to get involved. Lemonade stands have been organized by a diverse group of devoted volunteers including large and small businesses, inner city school children, senior centers, pre-school aged children, a juvenile detention center, college students, and a group of homeless people.

If you are looking for something fun to do this summer with your kids and want to make a difference, then visit their website and learn more about holding one. They have an option to register your stand through their website before you hold it so one of their “stand coaches” can help you in your efforts and send you materials to support your fundraising!

Thank you to Steely Dad for nominating Alex’s Lemonade Stand for the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand, their mission, learn how to hold your own lemonade stand or to make a donation, visit their website.

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