I tore this from a newspaper here in the Uk many years ago,i think it was in 2000 and keep it as i found the piece so inspiring. little Alex(above) was very ill with cancer yet she still wanted to raise funds for others, so she set up a lemonade stall outside her home in the States and everything she made went into cancer research. there was just something about the picture seeing her little face and all she was doing that really was encouraging....life can have great meaning even when you cannot do alot physically you can still do 'great' things.
Her concern for others is such an awesome example of how life even in the most difficult of circumstances can always be used for the good and she never wasted a moment.
-i bless your heart Alex and thankyou for this bit of inspiration from afar -
I posted the above picture and words on Flickr a while ago and think thats how Jessica from the Philadelpia based Flour pot cookie boutique, found me and told me about the charity Alex's lemonade stall foundation. I had no idea that it existed but am awed at what it has achieved. Dear Alex passed away in 2004 but not before raising so much for the charity and inspiring others to continue the cause to this day.Visit Alexslemonade.org. for tips and ideas on how to hold your own stall to fundraise for the charity. And here is what i found out from the website about the little girl with a little idea that turned into something much bigger.......
"In 2000, a 4 year old cancer patient named Alexandra Scott announced a seemingly simple idea -she was holding a lemonade stand to raise money to help "her doctors" find a cure for kids with cancer. The idea was put into action by Alex and her older brother, Patrick, when they set up the first "Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer" on their front lawn in July of 2000.
For the next four years, despite her deteriorating health, Alex held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Following her inspirational example, thousands of lemonade stands and other fundraising events have been held across the country by children, schools, businesses, and organizations, all to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer. On August 1st, 2004, Alex died peacefully at the age of 8 -- she had raised over $1 million for childhood cancer research in her short lifetime.
Alex's spirited determination to raise awareness and money for all childhood cancer while she bravely fought her own cancer has inspired thousands of people, from all walks of life to raise money and give to her cause. Alex's family and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501c3 charity. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised over $25 million for childhood cancer research. The result -- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has given millions of dollars for childhood cancer research across the country!"
The lesson that everyone learns from holding their own lemonade stand is simple but powerful - every person can make a difference.
The online store Flour Pot cookies is selling lemon cookie gift boxes beginning this month, and 20% off the proceeds from each box sold will be donated to the charity. at $25 for a box of 6 they can be purchased online from Flourpotcookies and delivered across the States (i think they even ship abroad too) i think you'll agree they look gorgeous and would go perfect with a glass of lemonade this summer.thankyou for taking the time to read my post about alex and i hope you found her and the charity as inspiring as i did,kat x