Have any of you ever heard of Alexandra Scott? Born on January 18, 1996, this young girl was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, two days before her second birthday. A short while later, while battling the cancer that was overtaking her body, Alex and her family decided to create a lemonade stand with the goal of raising money to help her hospital -- the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. By July of 2000, Alex had earned over $2,000, which she donated to the hospital to help fund cancer research and the purchase of much-needed medical equipment.
Alex and her family moved to Philadelphia in early 2001 to pursue new treatment options, but she continued working to improve her lemonade stand fundraising efforts, and during her third year she raised over $20,000 for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, in honor of her friend Toireasa, who had recently lost her battle with neuroblastoma. Then, in 2004, Alex set a goal of raising $1 million for her lemonade fund. With the help of friends, family and others supporting her cause -- all hosting lemonade stands in all 50 states and in several other countries -- Alex's goal was met.
Sadly, on August 1, 2004, Alex passed away...but her fundarising legacy continues. In one recent 15-hour CBS-sponsored phone bank initiative held in Philadelphia (June, 2009), her organization raised $891,000. Can you believe that? $891,000 in fifteen hours! Since it's inception, her organization has raised over ten million dollars for the victims of cancer.