by Clare from Roseville
|Alex hosting a lemonade stand (www.myhero.com)|
Alexandra Scott, or Alex, was born on January 18, 1996. Two days prior to her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. Alexandra's parents were devastated when the doctors told them that "Even if you daughter beat cancer, she would never be able to walk again".
On Alex's second birthday, Alex and her family believed that she had
beaten cancer. The young girl was healthily crawling and walking, with
the assistance of leg braces. After gaining hope, Alex and her family
discovered that her tumors had started to grow again.
When Alex was in the hospital, receiving a stem cell transplant, she
said to her mother "When I get out of the hospital, I want to make a
lemonade stand", "to help other kids, like they helped me". That year,
Alexandra hosted the first, of many, "Alex's Lemonade Stand"s. After her
first stand, Alex made an incredible amount of $2,000! All of the money
raised went towards cancer research, and other children who were
suffering from childhood cancer.
|Alex working a shift at the stand (www.alexslemonade.org ())|
Alexandra Scott lived a short life. She passed away, in August of 2004,
at eight years old. Although she lived a short life, her impact on
society is incredible. Alexandra is a worldwide hero because of her
strength, selflessness, and bravery.
Strength. Strength means that a person is able to come out of
devastating or harsh situations with the willingness to move on. Alex
has proven to have this trait her whole entire life. Alex was diagnosed
with cancer before she even celebrated her first birthday, but Alex did
not just shut down and give up on life. She kept going.And not only did
Alex keep going, she was able to carry on with a positive attitude, and
help others who were suffering like she was. Alex did not focus on the
negatives, like the fact that she had cancer, she had the strength to go
out and make an impact and change the lives of many people.
is another trait that fits the characteristics of Alex. When Alex came
up with the idea of hosting a lemonade stand, not once did it cross her
mind that she would want to keep any of the profits. Some
organizations, that donate profits to a charity or a good cause, keep
some of their earnings for various reasons. Alex's Lemonade Stand donates
100% of all of the money and donations they receive. Alex could have
kept the money and use it towards her medical expenses, or anything
else, but instead she used it towards cancer research, as well as
towards kids who are suffering from cancer.
Scott was brave. Becoming diagnosed with neuroblastoma at a young age,
doctors telling her that she would never be able to walk again, having a
stem cell transplant, facing death. These are all challenges that Alex
had to go through. If not for her bravery, Alex would not have been able
to accomplish everything that she had. Alex had decided, for herself,
that despite the fact that she was sick, she wanted to sit out on her
front lawn for hours on end to help others. Throughout all of the
struggles taht Alexandra faced, she was able to be brave and get through
them, as well as move on.
|Alex proudly showing off her lemonade stand. (www.earthlyissues.com)|
Alexandra Scott was diagnosed with
cancer before she even celebrated her first birthday. Although Alex knew
her time was short, she was able to use her strength, selflessness, and
bravery to impact the world. Who would have known that a simple lemonade
stand would have changed thousands of lives?
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Last edited 12/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Alex was born in Manchester, Connecticut,
Alex was four years of age when she decided to make her own lemonade stand.
After the world was exposed to Alex's incredible story, people from all over the world began to make donations to Alex and her family, as well as host their own lemonade stands to help out Alex, and her family's, foundation.