PHILADELPHIA, May 30, 2017 – Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, invites volunteers of all ages across the country to host lemonade stands during Alex’s Lemonade Days (June 3-11). This national volunteer-driven fundraiser commemorates ALSF founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott’s challenge to help her raise $1 million for childhood cancer cures, one cup of lemonade at a time. Volunteers are invited to host lemonade stands on any day during the first full week of June to continue Alex’s mission and bring renewed attention to the fight against childhood cancer.
Alex’s Lemonade Days began in 2004 when Alex set her sights on raising $1 million to fight childhood cancer, the disease she had been fighting since she was an infant. Alex invited volunteers to join her in hosting lemonade stands to help achieve her ambitious goal. With help from these volunteers, Alex would reach her million dollar goal before losing her life to cancer in August 2004. Since 2004, Lemonade Days has raised more than $13 million through 24,000 stands and events.
This year, ALSF introduced three families as National Lemonade Days Hero Ambassadors. These families have been personally impacted by childhood cancer and will spread awareness about the ongoing childhood cancer fight by sharing their own stories.
“As Anna continues treatment, our family is also using our newfound life as a Childhood Cancer Hero family to raise awareness and funds by hosting lemonade stands,” said Ruth Ciamarra, mother of 2017 National Lemonade Days Hero Ambassador Anna Ciamarra. “I’m never going to be a researcher—but there are so many things I can do to facilitate that research with ALSF.”
In addition to the National Lemonade Days Hero Ambassadors enlisting the help of their communities and the thousands of volunteers across the country hosting lemonade stands and events, people looking for other ways to support the movement can get involved by visiting a local lemonade stand, supporting one of ALSF’s sponsors’ fundraisers or simply showing support through social media by using #LemonadeDays.
With Lemonade Days extended to a full week in 2017, there is still time to sign up and host an event. To register an event, visit LemonadeDays.org.