It’s that time of year again – when the taste of lemons, sugar and water mixes with hope. But more than a kid hoping to line his pockets with the profits from lemonade sales, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) aims to raise funds to help cure childhood cancer.
During ALSF’s annual “Lemonade Days” campaign, which runs June 2-10 this year, families, schools, organizations and businesses host lemonade stands and events to help raise money towards the foundation’s mission.
ALSF launched as a result of one child’s vision. When she was 4, the late Alexandra “Alex” Scott opened a lemonade stand in her front yard with the purpose of raising $1 million for childhood cancer cures. With help from fundraising volunteers across the country, Scott reached her million-dollar goal before losing her life to cancer in 2004. Her mission evolved into a national fundraising movement that has raised more than $150 million toward fulfilling Scott’s dream of finding a cure, funding more than 800 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.
Volunteers across the region will host lemonade stands, and you can visit the website to find fundraising events nearest you. There is no registration fee or minimum fundraising requirement, and the ALSF staff offers support to all volunteers who sign up to host lemonade stands. All participants, whether they host a lemonade stand, visit a stand or encourage others to do so, will use #LemonadeDays to show their support for the foundation on social media.
To find an event nearest you and for more information, visit AlexsLemonadeDays.org.