Children Inspire

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

The mission of Inspire The Child empowering girls to be strong and independent women of Kenya inspires me. Helping bring the confidence and determination to be all that they can be could be seen as a light at the end of their tunnel.

I’m reminded many times of the inspiration that children provide, often without recognizing they are even doing it.

Alexandra “Alex”  Scott was diagnosed with a childhood cancer shortly before her first birthday. She fought. She met many milestones that her parents, Jay and Liz were told would probably not occur. In 2000, the day after her fourth birthday, Alex told her mother “When I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand.”  Her plan seemed simple in her mind… she’ll raise money from her lemonade stand and give it to the doctors so they can find a cure for cancer.

Did I mention Alex was a fighter? She passed away in 2004 at 8 years old, after being the inspiration for lemonade stands and fundraisers to donate over $1M to childhood cancer research.

Although Alex’s family lives in my area, west of Philadelphia, the lemonade stands spread the country. Many national companies have jumped on board in helping the cause, like Volvo and Applebee’s Restaurants. The family and board members continue growing Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to fight the fight and find a cure for childhood cancers.

Like I’m sure most of us have, I’ve battled some challenges lately. When I look at what Alex was able to accomplish while fighting the fight of cancer, I’m inspired. I’m humbled.

How can you help?

Sometimes just being yourself is an inspiration to others. Sometimes it is sharing your story. Sometimes it is creating a Foundation. But one rule is steadfast… don’t do any of it out of self-service … it just doesn’t work that way and it might bite.

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5 Responses to “Children Inspire”

  1. jay scott September 1, 2009 at 7:18 am #

    Thanks for sharing Alex’s story on your blog, especially on the 1st day of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. She taught us how to make the best of your situation and that everyone can change the world if they put their mind to it.

    Thanks a million,
    Jay Scott
    (Alex’s dad)

  2. Audrey September 1, 2009 at 7:37 am #

    God Bless Alex and her strength. Thanks for sharing her story and how we can all help.

  3. christina johnson September 1, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    thank you for spreading the story. i was a supporter of Alex’s Lemonade stand before. my son david was officially diagnosed with leukemia this past february before his 2nd birthday. he was in and out of the hospital starting in november when one day he just stopped eating or drinking and that night had a fever of 102 then 104 with tylenol. after blood tests that werent making sense and 2 bone marrow biopsys they discovered he had what looked like leukemia but not enough to start any treatments and he was neutropenic, the neutraphils (white blood cells that fight off infection and bacteria) were at 0. a good number is above 2000. everything came on very fast out of nowhere that it didnt really hit me till after our month and a half stay in february when he had 80% leukemic cells and they could start treatment. its been hard and hes definately a fighter. do you know any 2 year olds that take chemo tablets by mouth without having to cover it in jello? yuck, but he prefers no cover ups. everyone should support this cause all year round not just september. for those still fighting, and those who were lost fighting. i guarantee that these kids are stronger than any adult could ever be. i would put money on it.

  4. Kim Wood September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    Jay – I didn’t even know it was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month when I planned nor wrote this post – I love how timing is perfect like that sometimes !! Little do you know, that you also showed me to make the best of your situation when meeting you at a Main Line event a couple of years ago. Alex taught you well 😉

    Audrey – Good to see you and thank you for sharing the story of this magical foundation that continues to touch many lives.

  5. Kim Wood September 17, 2009 at 5:37 am #

    Christina –
    I hate to hear of the children fighting any illnesses or diseases – thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m convinced many times just people reading what you have written will help them cope better with their struggles.

    *BIG HUG* for you, your family, and your son. I agree with the strength of a child – my current hero is a 17 yr old going through some health issues that I am too – her strength inspires me !

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