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I am so excited to introduce you the next featured Hip2Give organization called Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. This foundation operates on the principle introduced by the founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott – “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation first began in 2000, when a then 4-year-old cancer patient named Alex voiced a simple wish – she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help “her doctors” find a cure for all kids with cancer. The idea was put into action when Alex held her very first lemonade stand on her family’s front lawn in July of that same year. For the next four years, despite her deteriorating health, Alex held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Alex raised a great deal of money through her annual stands, but in the early months of 2004, she set what to some seemed like an unreachable goal – Alex wanted to raise $1 million.

Though her health was failing, Alex was determined to reach her goal, and when her parents asked how she would do it, she just said – “if people all around the country hold lemonade stands and send in their money, I think I can do it.” Alex was right, and during the weekend of her last lemonade stand in her neighborhood, thousands of volunteers of all ages from all corners of the country held lemonade stands, propelling Alex and her cause to reach $1 million. Shortly following, on August 1, 2004 Alex ultimately lost her life to childhood cancer, but her legacy of hope continues to live on through volunteers young and old.

Since Alex held her first front yard lemonade stand Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised over $30 million, with nearly half of the funds originating from front yard lemonade stands like Alex’s. The money raised has been utilized to fund over 125 cutting-edge research projects, create a travel program to assist families who need to travel for treatment, and develop educational resources to help everyone touched by childhood cancer.

So, you may be asking…how can I help?

*Hold a Lemonade Stand: You can choose any date or dates that work for you OR you can participate in Lemonade Days on June 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2010 (what a great way to get your kiddos involved!)

*Find a registered lemonade stand/event in your area and go buy some lemonade!

*Check out all the other ways to get involved and help kids with cancer!

*Make a purchase at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Gift Shop.

*Make a donation on-line.

Please note that if you decide to host a lemonade stand or participate in another Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraising event, take pictures and email them to bryn@hip2savedotcom. If we receive enough photos from Hip2Save readers, we’ll put together a follow-up post that features your pictures!!

**For those of you that are not familiar with the Hip2Give feature, the purpose of this feature is to highlight charities, nonprofit organizations, and/or outstanding individuals who are striving to improve the lives of others, to enhance communities and to make the world a better place! If you would like to nominate an individual or organization to be highlighted by Hip 2 Give, please send an email to bryn @ hip2save . com (remove the spaces). Please provide the web-site address of the organization, a paragraph about the purpose of the organization, how you may have been personally impacted by this organization etc. Thank you!

Collin founded Hip2Save in 2008 and has over 10 years experience as a deals and lifestyle editor, strategist, and creative copywriter. She is debt-free and has been featured in Parents Magazine, Today.com and MSNBC. Connect with Collin on LinkedIn

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  1. Carolyn

    thank you for highlighting this organization!!!!!!

  2. Beth

    THANK YOU! This is such a great, great organization to help our children that are sick with childhood cancer. Alex was a angel saint down from heaven to start this wonderful fundraiser. Their organization does help in so many ways to help the children and their families at their most difficult time. Please donate anyway you can, you will feel so good that you did!

  3. Olivia Smith

    This is an amazing organization, Collin! Thank you for highlighting this one, I will definitely help out!

  4. Laurie

    This organization is close to my heart. My cousin was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer twice before she wast three and survived! Now she is a very healthy and happy 20-year-old. Our family does all we can to help pediatric cancer organizations. Thanks for sharing this one with others!

  5. Amanda

    Thank you for introducing me to this organization.

    Did anyone else see the cute lemon pins at the site’s store????

  6. mamabear

    Wow, another good choice, that story made me well up 🙁 !! i bet my little girl would like to host a lem. stand!

  7. Tonya

    I also wanted to say thanks for featuring this organization. We lost our 11 year old son to cancer 3 years ago. We are very hopeful to see a cure in our lifetime… there are just too many little ones suffering from this disease. THANKS AGAIN. 🙂

  8. Sylvia

    Go to: http://www.alexslemonade.org/newsroom/heroes/samuel-anderson
    This is a great organization!! Our three year old has relapsed with Neuroblastoma stage 4.
    Thank you Collin! These kids need a cure, Im tired of telling my son another friend of his has went to live in heaven. as I dont like hearing there is no hope for Samuels outcome either. I want to thank each of you that get behind these kids in what ever way you can:)

    • Sabine


      You and all other families touched by childhood cancer have my prayers.

      You must be very strong people.

      • Sylvia

        Not strong:) Prayer holds us up. Thank you for praying:)

  9. topchief2

    They had a Mike and Ikes version for this that was various lemonade flavors. They were totally delicious.

  10. Katie Martin

    This is very dear to my heart. A little over a year ago my 4 year old was diagnosed with Leukemia. Will have to look into this and see if we can participate.

  11. Rebecca

    Awesome, thanks for sharing!

  12. Tonya

    Sylvia, our son had stage 4 neuroblastoma too… we were at St. Jude, then went to Vermont, and back to St. Jude again. We took him back to Memphis to get his “Heavenly Healing”. (caringbridge.org/ms/brentnason.. though I don’t update it anymore) If you’re dealing with St. Jude too, feel free to email me.. we’ve got some friends that live in Memphis that really do a lot for children with life-threatening illnesses. You can find them at habitatforhope.org or email me at nason5@aol.com. Our prayers are with you. 🙂

  13. Cristy

    Thankyou for highlighting such a great organization. Our daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at age 6 1/2 three years ago. She has remained in remission for 35 months now and in about 4 more years will be considered cured. It’s because of the hard work and dedication of fundraisers and researchers that there is hope for both the victims of childhood cancer and their families. We know how blessed we are. Thankyou so much. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/katiemccracken .

  14. Joan

    A great organization. I had the pleasure of meeting Alex. Thanks for putting this out there!

  15. Tami

    What a fabulous idea! Thank you!

  16. Carey

    Yea! We just signed up! I’m so excited. Ours will be held June 12, 2010.

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