Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
In July 2000, in spite of her own failing health, she decided to open a lemonade stand, aided by her older brother, to raise money to help children with cancer. They held an annual "Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer" on the family's front lawn. Her first lemonade stand in her hometown of West Hartford, Connecticut, raised over $2,000 and turned into an annual tradition. It continued after the Scott family moved to Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, to pursue treatment at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia while she attended Penn Wynne Elementary School. On August 1, 2004, Alex died at the age of eight.
The objective of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is to:
- Raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.
- Encourage and educate others, especially children.
- Expedite the process of finding new cures and treatments.
By 2002 'ALSF' had attracted media attention and children across the United States began to hold their own lemonade stands. By 2004, the foundation was a national campaign, with lemonade stands and events in all fifty states, as well as Canada and France. In 2004 alone, the organization raised over $1 million. Alex and her family were featured on Oprah Winfrey's television program, The John Walsh Show, and The Today Show, among others. Alex and her parents also wrote a children's book, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand.
In 2006, the documentary Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope, written and directed by Larry Mendte, aired in prime time on KYW-TV in Philadelphia, and was re-aired on 21 CBS stations across the country. The success of the documentary launched a telethon by the same name in 2007. The original documentary has been re-worked and re-aired every year since, raising over three million dollars for the charity.
Alex's parents, Jay and Liz Scott, work full-time at ALSF and speak about Alex and the importance of funding and raising awareness for childhood cancer at events, conventions, and seminars.
Since Alex held her first lemonade stand, the foundation has evolved into a national fundraising movement. It has become a registered 501(c)3 charity and has raised more than $75 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding cures, funding over 375 research projects nationally.
The foundation raises funds via volunteers who host lemonade stands and other events, corporate sponsors, special foundation-run events, and individual donations made directly to the foundation.
Business and other funding
The race horse "Afleet Alex" competed in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course, and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in 2005, and his owners subsequently pledged a percentage of his earnings to be donated to the foundation.
Funds raised by the foundation are allocated to three areas:
–Pediatric Cancer Research
–Public Awareness and Education
–Travel/Family Support Programs
Most funding is distributed to pediatric cancer research in the form of grants designed to fill gaps in funding, as identified by doctors and researchers.
Bailee Madison - ALSF National Youth Spokesperson
Mark Summers - ALSF Board of Directors
Peter Facinelli
Alex Gordon
Graham Rahal
Cindy Crawford
Jordin Sparks
Celine Dion
Jerry Seinfeld
Melissa d'Arabian As of November 2010, Jennifer Garner was serving as a celebrity ambassador.
- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) honored Alex with the Alex Scott Day Hospital.
- The Philadelphia 76ers renamed their 'Hometown Hero award' to '76ers Hometown Hero: In the Spirit of Alex Scott Award'.
- Volvo has established the Alexandra Scott Butterfly Award, which is given to a young person who has demonstrated exceptional courage and determination in helping others.
In Popular Culture
- The 2013 film Walking with Dinosaurs has numerous references to the ALSF, such as the character Alex the Alexornis being named after Alexander Scott as well as a quote from her (when life gives you lemons, make lemonade) being told by him in the film.
- Today Show interview with Matt Lauer. 2004"
- ABC News "Fighting Cancer One Cup of Lemonade at a Time" July 2005
- Video on YouTube
- ALSF 2012 Annual Report
- Press Release: ALSF Announces New Appointments To Board Of Directors September 2011
- [ http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/kingwood/living/chefs-moms-melissa-d-arabian-alex-guarnaschelli-lend-support-expertise/article_dc4ec947-3b4b-5f6a-9ac8-056a27bf93f4.html The Observer "Chefs, Moms Melissa d’Arabian & Alex Guarnaschelli lend support, expertise to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation" May 2013]
- nba.com 76ers Hometown Hero Award Renamed In Memory Of Alex Scott November 3, 2004
- Volvo News Articles - Press release October 15 2007