Saturday, May 1, 2010

when life gives you lemons….

Alexandra Scott lost her life to cancer in August of 2004 at the age of eight.

Alex at her front yard lemonade stand

Alex was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 at the age of four.   She had a simple idea, start a lemonade stand to help her doctors find a way to cure cancer.

Over the next four years, Alex sold lemonade and donated the proceeds to cancer research. 

In 2004, Alex had a big idea.  If enough people had lemonade stands, maybe they could raise one million dollars.  By this time, Alex was weak from her cancer, clearly with little time to live.  But, she wanted to try.

Eight year-old Alex did it.  In 2004, her lemonade stand idea raised over one million dollars.  Shortly after, she died.

Since that time, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has raised over 30 million dollars.

The reason I’m writing about this is it’s Kentucky Derby week.  And, I remember seeing Alex on TV in 2004, at the Kentucky Derby,  with her lemonade stand, thinking about how this little, sick girl could do something so great.

And, that’s really the story.  Alex took her lemons and made lemonade.  There’s a lesson there for all of us.  We each need to look in the mirror and make our own lemonade.


  1. Well said...and so true. My husband's first wife died of cancer in 2000....he has often said, "We made a lot of lemonade!"

  2. I love this story and Alex. I'm squeezing some lemons right now. They don't stand a chance.

  3. Wonderful story. I have a dear friend fighting for her life and we need to make a lemonade stand or maybe even a hard lemonade stand.

  4. Good lesson Tom and such a brave little girl.

  5. We can do great and greater things. I have an idea and if you like social proyects we could talk, maybe you want to join. My skype nick name is Vane Correa.