Southern Belle Magazine has chosen Alex’s Lemonade Stand as its charity to help support throughout the remainder of this year. We will publish stories of those involved with the charity as well as the children affected. A portion of all advertising and any other sales from SBM will be donated to this fund. Let’s stand together in the fight for these children. Here is Alex’s story.
Alexandra “Alex” Scott was the second of four children born to Liz and Jay Scott in Manchester, Connecticut on January 18, 1996. Just before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer affecting children. Doctors didn’t think she would ever be able to walk. By her second birthday, Alex had learned to crawl and could stand with the aid of leg braces and eventually learned to walk. She seemed to be beating the cancer until the next year when tumors started growing again. The day after her fourth birthday, Alex had a stem cell transplant and told her mother that when she got out of the hospital she wanted to have a lemonade stand. She wanted to make some money to give to the doctors to help other kids. So later that year, with the help of her older brother, Alex had her first lemonade stand and raised $2,000 for “her hospital”.
While going through her own battle with cancer, Alex and her family had lemonade stands year after year to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Alex’s story made its way around the world and other people, touched by her dedication to help other sick children, started holding their own lemonade stands to help Alex with her cause.
In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised more than $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s family and supporters around the world are still committed to continuing her legacy through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. For more information on how you can help, visit www.alexslemonadestand.org