Alex's Lemonade Stand Raises Money, Awareness For Childhood Cancer
(Left to right) Selene Fambro, Rachel Levin, (back) Jessica Robinson, Joe Visconto, Suma Dadke and Michael McMillan. Lemonade stand customer Cheryl Uzzo and daughter Alexandra, holding a cup of lemonade on the right, are also pictured. Uzzo holds younger daughter, Nicole.
PHILADELPHIA (June 16, 2005) - Kindergarten students at Fox Chase Cancer Center's Creative Beginnings, the childhood development program for the children of Fox Chase employees, hosted an Alex's Lemonade Stand on Monday, June 13 as a class project. The $900 it raised was donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand, a foundation for pediatric cancer.
"The children gained perspective from helping others children," Judy Taylor, director of Creative Beginnings, said. "They are familiar with the concept of cancer research because their parents work at Fox Chase, but aren't really exposed to the idea of kids their own age with cancer. This was a fun way to handle that."
The class became familiar with the idea by reading the book, "Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand" by Liz and Jay Scott, Alex's parents. The book tells how Alexandra "Alex" Scott, who was diagnosed with an aggressive childhood cancer, created the original Alex's Lemonade Stand in an effort to raise money for her hospital.
The event also had an impact on parents of the children, who, while devoted to the mission of Fox Chase Cancer Center, may not have been involved with the efforts of organizations that raise funds for their research. Due to the stand's success, Creative Beginnings is considering making Alex's Lemonade Stand an annual pre-graduation fundraiser.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).