Will and Kingsley Whaley recently held their fifth annual lemonade stand at UAMS East, formerly Delta AHEC, to support “Alex's Lemonade Stand,” a national organization that raises money to fight childhood cancer one cup at a time.
ALSF was founded when Alexandra "Alex" Scott, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer just before her first birthday, requested that she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand and give the money earned to doctors to help them find a cure. Since then, she has inspired people everywhere to start their own lemonade stands donating the proceeds to the cause.
Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000, truly exemplifying the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” According to the foundation's website, they have raised more than $40 million.
ALSF believes that every person can make a difference in the world. The foundation has been organized by a diverse group of devoted volunteers including inner city school children, senior centers, pre-school aged children, college students and even sports enthusiasts.
The concept of “fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time” has allowed people who would not usually participate in fundraising, especially children, to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. Lemonade stands allow children to be a part of the change. For Will and Kingsley Whaley, it's simply a lot of fun for a worthy cause, as they explain, “We just want to help other children and their families so that they're not sick or sad.”
Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor and Brigadier General Riley Porter both stopped by to donate to this cause. The donations, big or small, help fund more than 200 cutting-edge research projects, create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment and develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer.
For more information on ALSF visit www.alexslemonade.org.
How to hold an Alex's Lemonade stand or event:
• Register your stand or event online and you'll receive a kit of materials and help to prepare you for the big day
• Hold you ALSF stand or event-have fun and mail in your donations
Where does the money go?
• Toward pediatric cancer research projects looking for better treatments and cures for all children with cancer
• ALSF has funded more than 275 research projects across North America.