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Jay Scott
Jay Scott is the Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. When his daughter Alexandra “Alex” Scott decided to hold a lemonade stand to help doctors find new treatments and ultimately a cure for all childhood cancers, including her own, Jay and his wife Liz supported Alex’s mission every step of the way. After cancer took Alex’s life they continued Alex’s legacy of hope. What started as the vision of one little girl has been embraced by a team of 100,000 supporters.

Jay speaks frequently to groups including businesses, schools and community groups, in addition to participating on panels at national conferences. Jay’s speaking topics include the story of Alex as the impetus for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation; how to make a difference and meaningful impact; the power of one; caregiving for a child with cancer and other topics related to Alex and her inspiration. Jay also often speaks about how to create a following on social media and utilizing this platform for successful outreach. Jay has experience addressing a variety of audiences and tailors his presentation to resonate with individuals of all walks of life ranging from the United Nations and University of Pennsylvania Medical School students to elementary school children and their parents.

Entries by Jay Scott

The Nurse We Needed

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 5:31 PM

Alex Scott, with her brother, Joey.

During my daughter Alex's treatment for neuroblastoma, we had so many wonderful experiences with nurses that helped her, as well as our family, cope throughout the treatments. In honor of National Nurses...

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Amazing Things

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 5:32 PM

Alex, Patrick and Eddie Scott with their dog, Shammy. (from left)

I like amazing things. They inspire and motivate me every day. I try very hard to witness amazing things every day. Don't think it is possible? I do. Part of...

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Connecting People and Events to Fight Childhood Cancer

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 8:51 AM


The Scott family at the 10th Annual Lemon Ball

Events are at the core of what we do at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and our fight against childhood cancer. Our supporters hold events ranging from lemonade stands...

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Lifesaving Ideas From Unlikely Places

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 8:21 AM

Artwork created by an incarcerated man, sent to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
At Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, we receive thousands of letters each year. And for as long as we have been doing our work to raise money and awareness...
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Sparking Breakthroughs, a Holiday Wish

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 11:10 AM

It's the season where we chat about our holiday wishes with co-workers and over dinner parties. We are hoping to get a new phone or a gym membership or book a well-deserved vacation. For families fighting childhood cancer, they are wishing for...
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From One Parent of a Child With Cancer to Another

(20) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 10:54 AM


Oftentimes in my travels with my work with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, I meet hero families -- families who have a child battling cancer. They are frightened, anxious and worried about the unknown. As Alex's father, I've experienced the same uncertainty and sympathize...

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We Can All Make a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 8:43 PM

Kaela Cruz is an unlikely hero who, after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) at age four, had to have her left leg amputated above the knee. Since that time Kaela has become an accomplished swimmer, martial artist and has even completed triathlons....
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The Longest Journey

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 1:05 PM

There is an old saying that says "the longest journey begins with a single step." This couldn't be a more accurate description of an annual journey we are about to begin which will take us one million miles (and more). The hardest part of this journey will be taking that...

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The Power of My Daughter's One-Cup-at-a-Time Legacy

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:58 AM


At Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation one of the things we pride ourselves on is our belief in the power of small things adding up to big things. In fact, we have a philosophy that we share with all of our employees...

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Children Really Are Our Future

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 12:59 PM


There is a saying that it's not the years in your life that matter, but rather the life in your years. Nothing could be more true in reference to my daughter Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004), who in just 8 ½ short...

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The Significance of 50

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 3:24 PM

Throughout my life there have been many numbers of significance. For instance 4 -- the number of children I have had the immense pleasure of being a father to; or the age when my daughter Alex first voiced her desire to host a lemonade stand to help doctors...

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How a Racehorse Named Afleet Alex Kept Our Daughter Alex's Legacy Alive

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 4:44 PM


As you may know, my daughter Alexandra "Alex" Scott lost her life to childhood cancer in August of 2004. It was only a few short months prior that she had set out on a mission to raise $1 million through volunteer-run...

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Early and Innovative Research: The Key to Breakthroughs

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:47 AM


The early bird gets the worm. Slow and steady wins the race. For those of us who are parents, these may be familiar sayings that we tell our children to either get them moving, or instead have them slow down. Sure, contradictory ideas,...

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A Carrier of the Torch, Two-Time Childhood Cancer Fighter Maya Rigler Shows Character of My Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Me alongside Maya Rigler at Alex's "Original" Lemonade Stand in 2013

The story of my daughter Alexandra "Alex" Scott's mission to find cures for other children fighting cancer, when she was facing her own battle, is one that has resonated with...

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Beyond the Classroom, an Education in Making a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:51 PM


My daughter Alexandra "Alex" Scott, the creator of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, would be 19 years old now, and I don't think it's a shock to learn that I often wonder what she would be like today. Would she...

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100 Million Reasons to Be Thankful

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:46 PM


While the common conjecture may be that summer is the most important time for us here at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, the beginning of the year brings with it some special inspiration as well. We host our annual gala,

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The True Meaning of a Superhero; Avenging Childhood Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 2:43 PM

The definition of a hero is someone of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. It is no secret that among my heroes, I count all children who have battled cancer; they face adversity throughout their journey and yet display a courage unlike any other...

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The Inspiration to Act Beyond the Buzzer, How Sports Inspire Change

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Many of you may have heard the story of Lauren Hill by now. Not Lauryn Hill of Fugees fame, but rather 19-year-old Lauren Hill, a student at Mount St. Joseph University near Cincinnati, Ohio. Lauren, a talented basketball player, stepped on the court recently for what...

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Overcoming Adversity One Step at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:16 PM

What does taking a single step mean to you? Did you walk to work this morning, or simply walk to the car to drive to work? Did you walk to the kitchen to grab coffee or take the dog for a walk around the block? You probably take thousands of...

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Adding Meaning to a Life Taken Too Soon: Ten Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:12 AM

This Friday, August 1, 2014 will mark 10 years since my daughter Alex lost her life to neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, at just 8 years of age. At times, it is hard to believe that Alex has been gone for a decade, a time span that...

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