The Million Mile 2019 will take place from September 1 through September 30, 2019. This is a virtual event, so people can participate wherever they live.
The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF) is the organizer of this event which coincides with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The event is presented by Volvo, and Aldi is the gold sponsor.
Participants are asked to keep track of the miles they log during the month of September by walking, jogging, running, biking or however they choose to move. They are encouraged to fundraise – asking friends, family and coworkers to contribute for each mile logged.
The goal is to log a total of 1 million miles during the month.
To register for the Million Mile or to learn more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit https://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/the-million-mile-2019.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is named after Alexandra “Alex” Scott who was born in 1996. Before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. She endured years of treatment and hospital stays. At age four she said, “When I get out of the hospital, I want to have a lemonade stand”, to raise money, not for herself, but so doctors could “help other kids like they helped me.”
With her family’s help, Alex’s lemonade stand raised $2,000 that first year. Word of Alex’s story spread, spawning lemonade stands around the country.
Alex passed away in 2004 at eight years old. The movement she started raised $1 million dollars .
Today, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation continues the work she started.
1996 – 2004
So little space between those dates. Too few years to live a life. But that was all Alexandra Scott had to work with.
See how she used them.
At age nine months Alex, as she was known, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer.
At age one, defying her doctors’ best judgment, Alex learned to walk first with leg braces, and then without.
She improved for a time, but then relapsed. We know cancer can do that.
While hospitalized for stem cell treatment, Alex had a notion. “When I get out, I want to have a lemonade stand” to raise money so doctors could “help other kids the way they helped me.”
At age four, Alex and her brother did have a lemonade stand ,and that summer raised an astonishing $2,000.
Word spread about this determined little girl and her selfless quest. Others built stands and sold lemonade in her name.
When Alex passed away at age eight the movement she started had raised $1 million dollars.
The following year her parents formed the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).
During September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, they are hosting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Million Mile, a virtual event, to raise money to battle childhood cancer.
Here’s how it works. Folks like us walk, run, bike or saunter, wherever we live, and we keep track of the mileage. Get friends, colleagues and bar buddies to sponsor your efforts. By month’s end hopefully a million miles will have been logged and lots of money raised for ALSF.
Find all of the details about Million Mile at http://sportingacause.com/event/alexs-lemonade-s…ion-million-mile/
And if , in your travels, you happen upon a lemonade stand in the coming weeks, stop and buy a cup- whether you like lemonade or not.