Alexandra "Alex" Scott, a brave and determined young girl, wanted to change the world... and she did.
Days before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that is most commonly found in children ages five and under. Despite her failing health, at 4-years-old Alex was determined to make a difference with her front yard lemonade stand. The money raised at Alex's stand was donated to childhood cancer research. She continued to hold lemonade stands, and at 8-years-old, Alex reached her million dollar goal, before passing away and leaving a legacy behind.
Alex's "Original" Lemonade Stand, returned on Saturday, June 8, at Alex's former school, Penn Wynne Elementary School. Every June, Alex's friends and family continue to hold her stand in the Wynnewood community to commemorate Alex's original dream. Actress and Foundation Youth Spokesperson, Bailee Madison was also in attendance for a portion of the event. Madison has shown tremendous support for the fight against childhood cancer. Last week she visited patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Madison said, "... at the end of the day, this is what it's about. I'm able to use my platform to give back..." (See full video interview below.)
The fun-filled event included face painting, food, raffles, music, games, and crafts. A butterfly release also took place to honor and recognize all children affected by cancer. Before the release, Bailee Madison was presented with a plaque from Liz and Jay Scott, Alex's parents, for her dedication to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
"I truly believe that this year will be the year that we all join together, and really find a cure and make a difference," Madison said smiling to the crowd, after recieving the plaque.
The presentation was followed with a recited poem by Alex's family. "A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam. And for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies again and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel lucky to have seen it..." recited Liz Scott, Alex's mom. Her brothers each read a portion of the poem, and concluded the reading.
Even if you did not attend Alex's "Original" Lemonade Stand, you can still support the organization. Consider supporting a lemonade stand in your area, or hosting one yourself. Together we can find a cure "one cup at a time."
Alex Scott is proof that kids can make a difference. The simple act stemming from a four-year-old child's front yard lemonade stand has created a global impact. This summer, dedicate your newfound free time to volunteering. Find a cause or charity that you care about, and get involved! I believe giving back is one of the best ways to spend a summer. Visit www.alexslemonade.org to learn more about Alex's mission and how you can support the battle against childhood cancer.