joyful girl (heavensoverated) wrote in greendice,
joyful girl

alex's lemonade

ok, first (because it's shorter) does anyone know what states ended up being the swing states used for the concerts? With Pearl Jam? (I bet siobahn knows!) heh...anyone wanna say that here? I'd like to know.


So I got this article from another girl's journal, and it comes from (news site in philadelphia) you have to sign up to read it on there, but I thought I'd post the first half of it here. So sad, but such a brave little girl! But anyhow, the site for setting up the lemonade stands was here ===> <---

Alex's Lemonade Stand founder is dead
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - She lived only 8 years, but she did a lifetime of good.

Alexandra Scott, the girl whose nationally acclaimed lemonade stands raised nearly $1 million for pediatric cancer research, died Sunday.

"At about 4 p.m. today Alex passed on peacefully with us holding her hands," her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, said in an e-mail Sunday night. Alex's health had severely deteriorated in the last several days, and her family said it knew the end was near.

Instead of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Alex had long been a patient for neuroblastoma, an often fatal form of pediatric cancer, her mother said that Alex died at home, sitting on her favorite spot on the couch, surrounded by her favorite blanket and pillow, looking out the window, her mother and father by her side.

She drifted away with her eyes fixed on the trees outside and a stained-glass angel hanging in the window, Liz Scott said.

"She went as peacefully as we could have hoped for. She just slipped away. ... You could see when she was ready. She let off a big sigh, and went off to sleep. She was very calm. For that, we're grateful. You're always fearful it's going to be scary."

Said Jay Scott: "She was a tough girl. She fought very hard for a long time."

Alex's failing health was evident on June 12, when she barely was able to manage an appearance at a lemonade stand at Penn Wynne Elementary School, near her home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia.

Because of her struggle with her disease and her determination to fight it personally and for others, "Alex's Lemonade Stands" were held that day in all 50 states, as well as Canada and France. The young girl, who began her campaign with a single front-yard lemonade stand and who, before this year, had raised a total of about $200,000, had set a goal of raising $1 million this year.

Liz Scott said her daughter's quality of life had dropped off in the last couple of months, especially since the June 12 lemonade stand.

"Since then, she's been deteriorating at a rapid pace. It really seemed she was determined to get through June 12."

With money raised that day and since, Alex had passed the $700,000 mark, and more lemonade stands were opening almost daily. Also, Volvo of North America had pledged to hold a fund-raising event in the fall and assured Alex that she would reach her $1 million total, her mother said.

"Selling lemonade is fun," Alex said when she was 6 and not yet as wiped out by the disease and her treatments. "Giving money to the hospital is the best."
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