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Fargo’s Horse Park to host Alex’s Lemonade Stand to benefit local children’s cancer research


August 30, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Inspired by one child—Alex Scott—area volunteers help reach Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s goal of $5 million in 2005 for Pediatric Cancer Research
Fargo, ND (August 30) – On Sunday, September 4, and Monday, September 5, from 1:00-5:30 p.m. at the racetrack in north Fargo, the North Dakota Horse Park will celebrate the life and inspiration of Alexandra “Alex” Scott, founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, as they carry on her tradition of setting up lemonade stands to raise money for childhood cancer.

Alex's Lemonade Stand, The Philadelphia-based non-profit founded by Alex with her parents’ help, has set a goal of $5 million nationwide in 2005. All proceeds from this event at the North Dakota Horse Park will go to the MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center for pediatric cancer research.

Additionally, the North Dakota Horse Park will auction three of the most prominent stallion seasons in the Dakota’s (that is, the opportunity of a horseowner to breed a mare) to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand as well. The auction will be held Sunday between races, with the value of all three seasons around $2,700. The donations of these three stallion seasons are due to the generosity of: Tom Maher (Bills Ryon) of Pierre, SD; Kris Moen (Patriot Strike) of Mayville, ND; and Gary/Bob Johnson (No Brakes Now) of Lemmon, SD. Lemmon, SD....how fitting!!!

In 2004, Alex Scott made headlines across the nation and the world. Alex, who was 8 years old at the time, motivated an entire nation to join her in the fight against childhood cancer by setting a goal of raising $1 million in 2004 “to help her doctors find a cure for all kids with cancer.” News of Alex, a sick child helping other sick children, spread far and wide. People from all over the world were inspired by her story and decided to help Alex in her mission to find a cure by holding their own lemonade stands and donating the money to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised over $1 million to help find a cure for all kids with cancer.

Before Alex passed away, she had already set a goal for 2005. Alex decided she wanted to raise $5 million dollars.

“Alex knew she would reach her $1 million goal before she passed away. In true Alex style she immediately set another ambitious fundraising goal for 2005 – a gazillion dollars! When we pressed her about setting a real goal, she said ‘Okay, $5 million,’” said Liz Scott. “I think the new goal is very appropriate—$5 million in 2005, which is the fifth year of her stand. It is ambitious, but with the help of volunteers across the country holding stands in their communities, I think we can do it.”

The Sport of Kings connection to Alex’s Lemonade Stand centers around this year’s Kentucky Derby hopeful Afleet Alex. Owned by a group of Philadelphians, Cash is King’s racing partnership decided to donate a portion of the horse’s winnings to Alex Scott’s cause. In a sense, a gift from one Alex to another. During the week of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs in Louisville set up one of Alex’s lemonade stands. The idea was a tremendous success and the story went a long way when Afleet Alex nearly won the Derby, losing by less than a length and finishing third.

Two weeks later in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes, Afleet Alex was on his way to a convincing win when he stumbled in the stretch. The horse and jockey recovered with help from “an angel on his back” and went on to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

Then on June 11, when Afleet Alex won the Belmont Stakes, over 40 racetracks throughout the country held lemonade stands to benefit little Alex’s foundation.
Alex’s simple idea of a lemonade stand as a venue for raising funds for a cause—the simple concept of “fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time”--has allowed people who would not usually participate in fundraising, especially children, to organize and raise money for childhood cancer.

Money raised is already making an impact in the world of pediatric cancer research. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has donated over $1 million to support childhood cancer research. For example, facilities at top research hospitals have identified a critical need to fund research support staff in order to expedite the enrolment of children in clinical trials. Alex’s Lemonade Stand has provided grants to fund research support staff; which allowed hospitals across the country to increase exponentially the number of children enrolled in these trials over previous years. The result—more seriously ill children are receiving potentially life saving treatments and new hope for cures.

Alex’s family and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through her foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The mission of the organization is to raise money for childhood cancer research and to encourage and educate others to raise money for childhood cancer by holding their own lemonade stands.

To help children learn about Alex and her lemonade stand, Liz and Jay Scott have written a book “Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand,” which recently won the Benjamin Franklin Award under the category “Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book—Children’s.” PMA Independent Book Publishers Association presented Liz Scott with this prestigious award in a gala awards ceremony.

Many children have taken the initiative to set up a lemonade stand after reading Alex’s story in this inspiring child-friendly book. From Alex, these children are learning that they can make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. In addition, a lemonade stand kit called Alex’s Lemonade Stand and created with the help of Alex’s parents has been published by Running Press Book Publishers. The lemonade stand kit shows kids and parents how to successfully run their own lemonade stand to raise money for the foundation. The book and the lemonade stand kit are available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

To learn more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand please go to www.alexslemonade.org.