Alexandra Scott & the $80 m. Lemonade Stand
By Shlomo Maital
The next time you think about tackling a hard problem you really care about, but hesitate because the odds are long – I hope you’ll remember this story.
Alexandra “Alex” Scott was born in Connecticut in 1996. Before she turned one year old, she was diagnosed with infant neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer that attacks nerve cells and is hard to treat.
In 2000, just after turning 4 years old, she informed her mother she wanted to start a lemonade stand to raise money for doctors to “help other kids, like they helped me.”
Her first lemonade stand raised $2,000. It led to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex continued her lemonade stands project throughout her life, and eventually she raised over $1 million toward cancer research!
Alex lost her fight. She died in August 2004; she was only 8. Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand sponsors a national fundraising weekend every June called Lemonade Days.
Each year, 10,000 volunteers at more than 2,000 Alex’s Lemonade Stands around the nation make a difference for children with cancer. Some $80 m. has been raised so far. As they say – that’s not chopped liver.
Life gave Alex lemons…and she literally made lemonade, giving new meaning to that old cliché.