Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Savor Summer! Ways to Celebrate Nat’l Lemonade Day on Aug. 20

Raise your glasses – August 20 is National Lemonade Day! Not to be confused with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s annual fundraising weekend in June, National Lemonade Days, we embrace this day dedicated to our signature drink, especially if it can help generate awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. Below are a few ideas of how you can celebrate the sweet summertime drink on August 20 and help kids with cancer.  

Hold your Own Lemonade Stand – What a perfect day to hold a lemonade stand! Check out our downloads for posters, signs, banners that you can print out at home. Learn more.

Sign up for Alex’s Million Mile - Run. Walk. Ride. – We don’t start logging miles until Sept. 1, but you can sign up now for our free, nationwide event to elevate the status of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Once you sign up, share your Alex's Million Mile webpage on Aug. 20 with friends and family and encourage them to join your efforts! Learn more.

Check out what some of our national and regional sponsors are doing on and around Aug. 20:

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers - Red Robin supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation through various events throughout the year and through sales of their signature Freckled Lemonade®, but on August 20, in honor of National Lemonade Day, 437 Red Robin locations nationwide will be holding lemonade stands. Learn more ways that Red Robin supports ALSF. 

Colonial Candle – On Aug. 20, Colonial Candle is supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by donating 40% of all online sales! No special codes to remember and the donation applies to all of their scented candles (not just lemon) …stock up now! Visit ColonialCandle.com.

Teleflora - For each Sunny Day Pitcher bouquet sold at teleflora.com, 10% of the revenue will be donated to ALSF in support of our fight against childhood cancer through September 30.View eligible bouquets.

Auntie Anne's – Auntie Anne’s is asking guests to “join in the mighty fight against childhood cancer” by visiting their local store and purchasing an Auntie Anne’s customized pretzel ribbon icon for $1, now through September 15. As a token of appreciation, Auntie Anne’s will provide a coupon for $1 off the next purchase of any pretzel product and drink. In addition, select Auntie Anne’s locations in Washington, Oregon and Alaska will be hosting lemonade stands on Aug. 20 from 11am-4pm. Learn more about Auntie Anne's campaign.

Walgreens -  Over 300 Walgreens locations throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia will hold Alex’s Lemonade Stands and sell paper lemons through September 1.

Panera Bread – Panera Bread® will celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20 as select locations in Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of their lemonade drinks to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (excludes frozen lemonade). View participating list of stores.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Remembering Alex, 10 Years Later - Liz Scott

My daughter Alex died from cancer 10 years ago today, August 1.

I've been referring to 10 years a lot recently as this summer marked a decade since Alex challenged the world to help her raise $1 million and took a final stand against childhood cancer. She may not have won her battle in the traditional sense, but certainly prevailed by reaching this incredible personal (and really professional) milestone of raising $1 million before losing her life to the disease just 10 days later.

I can't believe it has been 10 years since Alex voiced what we thought was an unreachable goal, and she proved that even the impossible is possible, with the help of others. It seems implausible that this was a decade ago, it seems like a lifetime, and also just like it was yesterday.

In certain ways, time has stood still, and in our hearts and minds Alex remains forever 8 years old. Her beautiful smile is frozen in my memory, the feel of her hug is something I struggle to remember and long for, and the simple moments of each and every day with her are harder and harder to reach in the corners of my memory. The missed milestones have accumulated too -as this past June, Alex's classmates graduated from high school, something that Alex will never have the privilege to celebrate. And now, many of these classmates are shopping for their dorm rooms or preparing for whatever their plans are this fall. This has been weighing heavily on my mind, and not because I feel sorry that I didn't get to see my daughter in her cap and gown, but because I feel sad for Alex and all that she has missed.

Alex did not have the chance to live the life we all want for our children-one that allows them to dream of their future and then reach for it, or one that simply allows them to live a long and happy life. Alex never had the opportunity to learn how to drive a car, go to prom, travel to faraway places, or experience many of the things that we would think are normal, and even boring, events as we grow up. I'm sorry for Alex in those ways, but if Alex taught me one thing - it was to be grateful for what we do have, and not for what we don't.

Even though Alex's life was short, she did have the chance to dream big, and prove that everyone is capable of making a difference in the lives of others. I still marvel over how selfless she was, how, when she realized that her own dreams of a future were not going to be fulfilled, she still had the grace and courage to make sure that a bright future would be possible for children like her. She dreamed of going to Paris, and I'm sure wearing a beautiful dress to prom, but she also dreamed of those things for others and because of her dedication and dreams, she has given children with cancer a precious gift - hope that they will see the milestones that she did not.

One of these children is Edie Gilger, one of our adorable childhood cancer heroes featured in a new video that I'm pleased to share with you today. Watching Edie kick a soccer ball, jump into a pool and put haphazard ponytails in her Mom's hair fills me with such joy and hope as I realize that this is Alex's legacy. Edie has had the opportunity to be a typical 5 year old and beat her "monster" as she calls it because of the treatment she received that was made possible in part to research funded by Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. So many moments in the video bring about laughter as well as tears, although I'd have to say that my favorite part is when Edie's mom Emily says, "Our friend Alex saved her," which Edie echoes saying, "my life was saved."

To see and hear firsthand how Alex's life has played a part in making other children's dreams possible, is really something to celebrate and a gift that I cannot thank you enough for making possible through your ongoing support of ALSF. From the bottom of my heart - thank you.

And, as always, I thank Alex, for her life and inspiration. I love you and I miss you so much.