Hundreds of students, family, friends and community members recently gathered at Penn Wynne Elementary School for a fun-filled fundraiser benefiting the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), which changes the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.
ALSF began with one lemonade stand hosted in her front yard by founder and former Penn Wynne student Alexandra "Alex" Scott. Alex, who was just four years old at the time and battling neuroblastoma, asked to donate the money so doctors could help find cures for all children battling cancer. Since that first stand, ALSF has funded nearly 1,000 cutting-edge research projects at 135 institutions in the U.S. and Canada and supported families through much needed programs like "Travel for Care" that helps make treatments accessible to children.
When Alex's "Original" Lemonade Stand grew too big for their front yard, then Penn Wynne Principal Gail Apfel offered to move the stand to the school. In 2004, Alex held her last lemonade stand at her elementary school, a meaningful day to Alex and the entire community. Despite the fact that the Scott children have outgrown their school, the Penn Wynne community continues to host Alex's "Original" Lemonade Stand in her memory.
Penn Wynne also held a pep rally prior to the big day to rally support and get the community fired up for the event. Alex's Original Lemonade Stand featured food, games, crafts, face painting, music, raffle items and plenty of lemonade. To see Philly CBS-3's coverage of the event, click here. To view a slideshow of pictures from Alex's Original Lemonade Stand, click on the image below!