Want to hear a scary statistic? Childhood cancer is the #1 leading cause of death of children under the age of 15–the NUMBER 1 cause of death! Today alone? More than 250 kids will die from cancer around the world, meaning that more than 90,000 children will die this year from cancer.
Unfortunately, I got to see firsthand the devastation that occurs in a family when their child becomes one of the statistics. My cousins 8 year old son Rees was diagnosed with brain cancer just before Christmas last year and died just a few months later. One of the things that I learned during that terrible time was that childhood cancer research is vastly underfunded, with less than 5% of the Federal Governments funding for cancer research earmarked for pediatric cancer. There are things that we can do to help raise funds, and no amount is too small.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s National Lemonade Days campaign, which is slated for June 6-8, 2014. Back in 2004, 8-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004) challenged the nation to help her raise $1 million for childhood cancer cures, one cup of lemonade at a time. The Foundation once again invites volunteers across the country to host lemonade stands over the course of three days to continue Alex’s mission and bring renewed attention to the fight against childhood cancer. However, if your family is unable to do the stand during that three day time frame, please don’t let that stop you from participating. You can do a lemonade stand at any time, any place throughout the year and still donate your proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Make sure to check out my PA Live Segment about how your family can sign up to hold your own Lemonade Stand fundraiser:
Holding a Lemonade Stand is a great way to get the entire family envolved in this special fundraising event. Let’s all do our part to end childhood cancer, #OneCupAtATime. Let’s do it for Rees, and for all the children taken too soon by a terrible disease.