June 2, 2013
Alex Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma as a baby, a type of childhood cancer, and was treated for many years at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. During her treatment, she held her first lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research, since she herself was enrolled in many experimental treatments in an effort to cure her aggressive disease. Her idea took off, and in just a year her lemonade stands and others across the country had raised nearly $1 million.
Alex died in August 2004, but her parents weren't ready to stop fighting. They turned her lemonade stands into the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, and have raised more than $70 million for childhood cancer research. Some of that money has helped fund studies at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
One of the researchers who has benefitted from funding is Alex's own oncologist, Dr. Yael Mosse. With support from research funding, Dr. Mosse has made a breakthrough in the treatment of specific types of childhood cancer, including the disease that took Alex's life, that is saving lives 10 years after the little girl's death.