On August 5th and 6th Stacey M Design hosted lemonade stand fundraisers to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Founded in 2005, ALSF was inspired by Alexandra Scott a little girl who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer, a few days before her first birthday. In 2000 at the age of 4 Alex decided to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help other children with cancer. With the help of her brother Alex raised $2000 at that first lemonade stand and donated the money to the hospital where she was receiving treatment. In 2004 Alex died at the age of 8. Alex’s parents continued the work that Alex began by forming Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. ALSF has raised over $120 million and has funded over 650 childhood cancer research projects in the United States and Canada.
I was proud to have the support of 15 children ages 3-16 at the lemonade stand fundraisers. They helped by baking cookies, pouring lemonade, and explaining what Alex’s Lemonade Stand is all about. As customers approached the lemonade stand, some of the kids yelled, “Do you want to help stomp out cancer!”
Many of our customers shared stories of how cancer has affected their lives. One gentleman shared that his granddaughter was diagnosed with leukemia at birth. The mom of 3 of the lemonade stand volunteers told me about a friend whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 7. The mom had to live in one state with the daughter while she received treatments, while the dad had to live in another state where he was able to find a job. Another man dropped off a donation check even before the lemonade stand was set up because he heard about the fundraiser and he had recently lost his son to cancer.
We raised nearly $600 simply by offering people cups of lemonade and cookies!
Stacey M Design plans to continue to support and raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation through future lemonade stands.