Many, possibly most, of us have been touched by cancer, and for some with devastating and life-altering impact.
It is estimated that 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths could occur in the United States in 2018 (Siegel, Miller, Jemel, Jan 4, 2018).
Of the most egregious forms are those that attack children. The spirit that many kids show in response stands in stark contrast to our knowledge that they have been forced to fight for their lives while having only lived such a small portion.
Still underfunded, research into cancer treatment and its eventual eradication has made some steps forward in the last several years.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that 15,270 U.S. children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 years were diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and that 1,790 lost their fight to the disease (link). That’s down from 15,780 and 1,960, respectively, in 2014 (link). Small progress, but progress nonetheless.
Sadly, the NCI figures show that among children under 14, 10,270 were diagnosed with cancer and 1,190 succumbed to the disease in 2017.
Although daunting, this is a fight that we are compelled to fight.
One organization doing so is Alex’ Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). A national foundation dedicated to changing the lives of children with cancer by funding research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help fight and cure childhood cancer.
So who is Alex?
Alexandra “Alex” Scott was born in Manchester, Connecticut on January 18, 1996. Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that attacks developing nerve cells in children ages 5 and under (Mayo Clinic).
Doctors informed Alex’s parents that the cost of beating cancer could be that she might never walk again. Only two weeks later, Alex moved her leg. The movement was slight, but it was the first indication of just who this little girl was.
Determined and courageous, it looked like Alex was beating the odds. However, only a few short months later it was discovered that her tumors had started growing again.
In early 2000, Alex received a stem cell transplant. This brave and compassionate little girl told her mother, “When I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand, (to help doctors) help other kids, like they helped me.”
Alex held her first front yard lemonade stand when she was just four, raising over $2,000.
News began to spread about a remarkable, sick child dedicated to helping other sick children. Suddenly, people moved by her story began to follow suit. Lemonade stands began to pop up all over the world, the proceeds donated to Alex and her cause.
In August of 2004, Alex lost the battle she’d fought so courageously and passed away at the age of eight.
By the time of her death in 2004, Alex had raised $1 million and inspired a legacy of hope and cure for childhood cancer.
Alex’s family, her brothers Patrick, Eddie and Joey, mom Liz, and dad Jay, along with supporters around the world, continue that legacy through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
It is from the strength and vision of this amazing little girl and with the memory of how hard she fought -not only for herself, but other children- that we are co-hosting a lemonade stand in Armory Square on March 24th, 2018.
We’re welcoming anyone who’s been touched by cancer to come to Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse for a day of family fun and fundraising for a great cause.
In collaboration with Lynn Bowser, who is blazing her own trail in finance management, we have a goal to raise $10,000.00 with all proceeds going to Alex’ Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Join us for discounts at participating Armory Square shops, adult and kid friendly lemonade, live music, raffles, craft stations, fun for kids, and more...
Bring your family and a comfortable donation!
How to donate:
Online: go to the event link and give to the cause!
By mail: Send check, money orders, and cash to: Lynn Bowser 34 Aspen Park Blvd, East Syracuse, NY 13057
In person: Stop into American Reserve Clothing Co. Armory Square location at 208 Walton St, Syracuse, NY 13202.
Or come to the event!
Donation of $25.00 or more earns you entry into the raffle!
provided by: KMase Productions
Raffle Prizes from:earn entry with min. donation of $25
more to come...