Alexandra"Alex" Scott was born in Manchester, Connecticut on January 18, 1996, the second of four children.
Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, the most common type of childhood cancer found in infants under one. Doctors told Alex's parents that they did not think she would ever walk again. Just two weeks later, Alex slightly moved her leg at her parents' request to kick. This was the first sign of who she would turn out to be somebody, a determined, courageous, confident, and inspiring child with big dreams and big accomplishments.
By her second birthday, Alex was crawling and able to stand up with leg braces. She worked hard to gain strength and to learn how to walk. She appeared to be beating the odds, until the discovery that her tumors had started growing again. In 2000, the day after her fourth birthday, Alex received a stem cell transplant, where doctors put new, healthy cells in her body to try and grow more healthy cells after treating her cancer.
Alex told her mother, "When I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand." She wanted to give the money to doctors to allow them to "help other kids as they helped me."
True to her word, she held her first lemonade stand later that year with the help of her older brother and raised an amazing $2000 for "her hospital".
While bravely battling her own cancer, Alex and her family continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in their front yard to benefit childhood cancer research. News spread of the remarkable sick child dedicated to helping other sick children. People from all over the world, moved by her story, held their own lemonade stands and donated the proceeds to Alex and her cause.
In August 2004, Alex passed away at the age of eight, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised more than $one million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex's family and supporters around the world are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Today, the Foundation has raised more than $200 million and funded over 1000 research projects across the country.
Alex's parents wrote a book about her and the Amazing Lemonade Stand.
Her story has inspired lemonade stands in all 50 states across America and in more than 10 countries across the world, including places as far away as Japan, Brazil, and Australia.
To make lemonade out of lemons is to take something that is not so good and turn it into something great. As a very common phrase: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."
-partial quote from ALSF website