Amazing Kids! Magazine

Alexandra “Alex” Scott: An Amazing Kid from History

By Jordan Brunk, Amazing Kid from History Editor and Contributing Writer

 

Photo courtesy of  http://www.alexslemonade.org/

Photo courtesy of  http://www.alexslemonade.org/

Alexandra “Alex” Scott is an amazing kid from history. She was born on January 18, 1996 in Manchester, Connecticut. Just before turning one year old, doctors determined that Alex had a case of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. They told Alex’s parents that even if she managed to conquer the cancer, she would probably never be able to walk. Despite the doctors’ predictions, when Alex was still very small, she was able to twitch her leg a little bit. This was just a shadow of the young, confident, strong, and caring person Alex would become. She shows us that even though we go through difficult times, we must never turn our hearts away from people who need assistance and can be helped.

Around her second birthday, Alex could stand up if she had leg braces on, which was very exciting because doctors predicted she wouldn’t ever be able to manage this. Instead, she defeated the odds and learned how to walk, inspiring her friends and family by her strong-willed heart to accomplish what she was determined to do: walk. It was tough, but she pushed through the strain and showed the world that even though her legs had had trouble supporting her, she would never give up until her goal to walk was reached.

One day in 2000 when Alexandra had a stem cell transplant in the hospital, she announced to her parents that she wanted to host a lemonade stand in order to raise money for research to find a cure for other children who had neuroblastoma. Not long after, Alex carried through with her idea of a lemonade stand because she had a passion to help people with neuroblastoma. She and her older brother created a lemonade stand in their front yard and started selling lemonade. Alex had her mind set on raising money and would never give up until her goal was reached. Just that year, Alex and her older brother raised a whopping two thousand dollars to donate to the hospital where she was always treated.

Year after year as the tumors in her body grew, Alex’s family held a lemonade stand in their front yard to raise money for kids with neuroblastoma and to help find a cure. Word of Alex and her organization soon spread throughout the world. She was known as “the remarkable sick child dedicated to helping other sick children.” Kids and people from all around the world became inspired from her story to hold their own lemonade stands in honor of Alex and her fund. After four years of fundraising with the help of others, Alex and people around the world raised more than one million dollars for the hospital.

Sadly, when Alex was eight years old in 2004, she passed away. Her family created the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation so they could continue to raise money for neuroblastoma in her memory. People from all over the world contribute to the cause in remembrance of Alex and her deep desire to give back to the hospital that treated her.

We can learn many things from Alex. She shows us that despite her cancer, she was always joyful to raise money for kids with neuroblastoma and to help find a cure. She shows us that even though she struggled with cancer, it could never take away her kind heart and spirit which was called to contribute to others. She also shows us that even though we go through tough times, we can always sport a positive attitude and find a positive aspect in any challenge. We learn from Alexandra to never give up when you have a positive idea or dream and to follow through with it, no matter how large or small, because it can truly make a difference in the lives of everyone. Alex’s selfless behavior reminds us that caring for people is important and we should always fight hard for everyone. Her brightness and strength show us that we can all make it through hard times. Alex saw the best in people and was an awesome, strong, capable, and caring little girl with a big heart and a big dream to help find a cure for the disease troubling her and many others. We remember Alex as a girl who stood up for her beliefs and was willing to help and serve others. In this way, Alex truly is an amazing kid from history.

 

To read more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, click here: http://www.alexslemonade.org/

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