Girl fights cancer with lemonade stands

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    Girl with cancer fights on with lemonade stands

    Associated Press

    Alex Scott, diagnosed at age 1 with an aggressive form of childhood cancer, works on a lemonade stand for her family's back yard in Wynnewood, Pa.

    Associated Press
    Jun. 11, 2004 08:15 AM

    WYNNEWOOD, Pa. - Eight-year-old Alexandra Scott, in a battle against malignant tumors, wants to raise $1 million for cancer research. And she just might do it, one lemonade stand at a time, including several sites in Arizona.

    Alex started selling lemonade four years ago with one stand and raised $2,000 in a single day. Each year brought more stands, manned by friends and volunteers.

    The take so far: more than $200,000, including $15,000 brought in last year by the stand at the Scotts' suburban Philadelphia.

    "She's determined about anything that's important to her, whether it's what kind of ice cream she's eating or raising money," said Alex's mother, Liz Scott. "I think (the stand) does keep her going sometimes."

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    This year, on Saturday, all 50 states will have "Alex's Lemonade Stands" open for business. The Phoenix Zoo will be one of the locations in Arizona. Alex's father, Jay Scott, estimates that as many as 1,000 stands will be pouring the icy cold concoction.

    Along the East Coast, all 75 stores in the Super Fresh grocery chain will have stands. On the West Coast, in Seattle, a mother of a 4-year-old volunteer persuaded a community theater to hold its garage sale to coincide with "Alex's Lemonade Stand" day.

    In the heartland, Minneapolis, a family whose son has the same type of cancer as Alex - neuroblastoma - will set up shop at a Twins baseball game.

    Even before a drop of lemonade has been sold, money already has been given to stands in Tucson, Ariz., and Kansas City, Mo. The Tucson organizers received a check for $10,000.

    "I have yet to pour one glass of lemonade and we've already made $250," said Dr. Mark Mozer, a pediatrician in Kansas City whose own son's neuroblastoma is in remission.

    Next month, a group of homeless people in Houston will sponsor a stand. And this week, the Scotts received a check for $160 from an elementary school in Milton, Vt., that had sold lemonade.

    "I think it just shows, you read a lot of bad stuff in the news, it shows how good people really are," Jay Scott said.


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