Life, Legacy and Lemonade!
Love Through A Child's Heart Files
Every day I hear stories from our teens of how Michael Jackson has impacted their lives. Many tell me that Michael has motivated them to dance, sing, direct movies, write, draw or just make a change in the world around them. Michael's legacy has left an imprint upon their youthful hearts that love is the only key they need to open the door for change inside them.
If you are an adult like me, Michael may have influenced you to look at your life differently. I heard someone say this week in reference to how Michael motivates people: "Michael was/is that Man in the Mirror," being that his life set an example for all of us. Have you ever mused about what kind of legacy you are leaving behind?
While doing research for this month's issue of carrying on Michael's legacy, I came across an article of a little girl by the name of Alexandra "Alex" Scott, and how she empowered others. I hope her story will inspire you to examine your own life no matter your age, and how your legacy will transcend to future generations.
Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996 ~ 2004)
Alex was born in Manchester, Connecticut, on January 18, 1996, to Liz and Jay Scott. Just before Alex’s first birthday, she was diagnosed with a childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma. This type of pediatric cancer is a malignant (cancerous) tumor that develops from nerve tissue. It can occur in infants and children.
Liz, Alex's mum, tells of a day in 2000 when her daughter, at the age of four, received a stem cell transplant at the hospital. Alex told her mum, "When I get out of the hospital, I want to have a lemonade stand" to help the doctors who helped her, "Help other kids, like they helped me."
Later that year, Alex kept her promise with her family's help and started a front-yard, "Alex's Lemonade Stand." She raised an amazing $2,000 dollars that day for "her hospital" benefiting pediatric cancer research.
"Alex's Lemonade Stand, To Benefit Pediatric Cancer Research."
As the next few years passed, even through Alex's sickness, she continued her lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research with the help of her brother and parents. After hearing about Alex's extraordinary story, people from around the world joined Alex in her quest to raise money by holding their own lemonade stands and donating the proceeds to Alex and her cause.
On August 1, 2004, Alexandra "Alex" Scott was like in Michael's song to Ryan, “A perfect flower, just beyond your (our) reach, Gone to Soon...” She lost her battle with cancer, passing away at the tender age of eight. Throughout Alex's short life, her idea raised over $1 million dollars for her cause. She taught others a lesson of generosity and compassion. Because of a little girl with an infectious smile and a big heart, others are carrying on Alex's torch to find a cure for childhood cancer via a lemonade stand.
Much has been done since Alex's passing. In 2005, her parents started the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation or ALSF, to help find a cure for childhood cancers.
This is an excerpt I would like to share with you from the ALSF website. "Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000—truly exemplifying the saying, When life hands you lemons, make lemonade—we have raised more than $40 million. That money has helped to:
• Fund more than 150 cutting-edge research projects
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is the living embodiment of Alex’s spirit of determination and hope. Like Alex, we believe that every person can make a difference. Together, we can bring about a cure. Please join us in “making lemonade” today!"
Click on the link to learn more about Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation - For Childhood Cancer, how to get involved or make a donation.
To learn more about Neuroblastoma, visit:
Finding Love Through A Child's Heart,
- Heather, Director of Children's Awareness
Video Source: YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM9GbaSsUaE&feature=relmfu
Photo credits of Alex Scott & banners are copyright trademarks of Alex's Lemonade Stand: http://www.alexslemonade.org/
© Heather Nutt, 2011, 2012 Revised. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction without Permission from Author(s).
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