Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of pediatric cancer, just before her first birthday. At four, she started a lemonade stand to raise money for her hospital. She took in more than $2,000 that year, and the story of her efforts spread across the country.
Alex and her family gave numerous interviews, appeared on both “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the “Today” show, and published the book “Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand.” In response, friends and strangers took up her cause and spent the next four years raising $200,000. A blend of coffee was also named after Alex, with all profits going to cancer research.
In the past year, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has raised more than $700,000. This summer, lemonade stand fund-raisers will take place in all 50 states and in Canada and France, with the goal of raising $1 million. Volvo of North America has pledged to sponsor a fund-raising event this fall to assure that goal is reached.
Alex’s favorite food was French fries and her favorite color was blue. Although the Wynnewood, Pa., resident only reached the second grade, she hoped to grow up to become a fashion designer. Alex is survived by her parents, her three brothers, her dog Shammy and her cat Herbert.