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Lemonade Days 2010 | Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation


Help Put the Squeeze on Childhood Cancer

Stir up some fun as you raise money to help find a cure for pediatric cancer by taking part in our 7th Annual Lemonade Days, on the weekend of June 11, 12, and 13, 2010. Host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraising event along with more than 10,000 volunteers across the country. Our Lemonade Days goal this year? $1 million raised for childhood cancer research… And YOU can help us get there!

To take part in our Lemonade Days, hold your Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraising event anytime during this year’s three designated days—June 11, 12, and 13. You can set up in your front yard, at your school, at your workplace, church, temple, community center or anywhere you like!

Find out all you need to know, register to participate, and download materials right here to make your Lemonade Days Fundraiser a success.

via Lemonade Days 2010 | Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Notable News


Study Finds Certain Drugs Can Keep Some Forms of Cancer in Remission Longer –

Using certain anticancer drugs for years at a time can help keep some types of cancer in remission longer, doctors reported Thursday.

In another finding, researchers said they had made progress on a long-sought goal — developing a way to screen healthy women for ovarian cancer, potentially catching tumors before they become virtually incurable.

The research findings were among more than 4,000 that will be presented next month at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Among the others: a randomized trial showing that twice-a-week yoga sessions can help cancer survivors sleep better and reduce their fatigue.

Study: Many Sunscreens May Be Accelerating Cancer – AOL News.

Very scary news. The full list of t sunscreens can be found on the EWG’s searchable database.

The report cites these problems with bogus sun protection factor (SPF) numbers:

  • The use of the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone, which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream.
  • Overstated claims about performance.
  • The lack of needed regulations and oversight by the Food and Drug Administration.

Secretary of Health Visits Two ‘Active Schools’ in Southeast Pennsylvania to Recognize their Commitment to Daily Physical Activity

What a great concept – having kids exercise at least 30 mins a day. Good or this school for helping kids make the commitment!

Secretary of Health Everette James today visited Conrad Weiser Middle School in Berks County and Cedarbrook Middle School in Montgomery County to commend students and teachers for their yearlong commitment to exercising for 30 minutes every school day.

James pointed out that physical activity is essential for all children to develop healthy hearts, strong bones and sharp minds. Combined with good nutrition, physical activity is also important to address the childhood obesity epidemic. Childhood obesity rates have tripled in the last 25 years. Overweight children face an increased risk of health problems as adolescents and adults, including diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and certain types of cancer.

How to Use Service Learning to Engage Kids | Edutopia.

This info is geared towards teachers and schools but can easily be incorporated by parents who want to help their kids get involved with giving back.

Integrating service-learning projects into your curriculum doesn’t have to add hours to your planning time, and these projects deliver a big payoff for students. Fowler Unified School District teacher Monica Sigala urges her colleagues to begin with a short project. “Just start small and let it grow,” says the teacher of grades 6-7. “Don’t fear it, because service learning creates the type of kids who know they can make a difference in a life or in the world.” Sigala and fellow Fowler teacher LeAnn Hodges share their strategies.

Cancer Support and Giving Back


Breakaway From Cancer.

Always great to find resources that can help get support, information & answers out to the cancer community. Breakaway From Cancer partners with well known non-profits like Livestrong!, Stand Up for Cancer, and one I have never heard of but will look into: Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.

You don’t have to fight cancer alone. Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer aims to raise awareness of the comprehensive array of resources available to cancer patients – from prevention to education and support to financial assistance and survivorship. In addition, Amgen and Breakaway from Cancer help spread the word about working together to conquer cancer through partnerships with organizations including the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing and Stand Up To Cancer.


Great cause, and some fun together = Giving Back made easy! I love to highlight ways anyone can give back and help a cause they support. Doesn’t take much time and there are loads of opportunities all around you. This one is in Philly and just show up, get some cheap eats and drinks and voila! You are helping Livestrong! and cancer survivors! Easy as pie.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG Challenge – a run/walk/bike fund-raising event that takes place in Philly in August. The 2010 LIVESTRONG Challenge will be host to the debut of Team Little. Yellow. Different., and we’re ready to pick a fight with cancer.

If you are in the PHILLY Area – fund-raising event will take place at J.D. McGillicuddy’s (111 Cotton Street, Philly PA) on Saturday, June 19th, 2010. Anticipate a 6pm-11pm event with live music and food and drink at discounted prices. So mark your calendars and save the date . For more information check out their Blog:Little.Yellow.Different

How Diet Affects Cancer by Dr Keith Block.

Some great resources and information from a well known and experienced doctor. You can find out more about Dr Block by visiting his website: Life over Cancer.  Dr Andrew Weil is one of the few doctors out there in the public eye that I think really gets it. He understands that it’s a mix of modern science with “holistic” approach that can really make a difference. He lives in Tucson, AZ and works at the Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona. Which if you read my blog regularly, you know is where I went to college. So if Dr Weil is involved, I tend to put more stock in it. So, Here’s what Dr Andrew Weil said about Life Over Cancer.

“Life Over Cancer is the program every cancer patient deserves in order to have the best chance for recovery and restoration of health.”Dr. Andrew Weil, from the foreward of Life Over Cancer

27:05 AOL Spring into Summer 5k


Link to race results

Books make a difference – and you can help kids in need


Read about this over at Melicious’s Blog: The Clothes Make the Girl

Not only am I a big proponent of helping and giving back, I also work in the education field – so reading/books=right up my alley.

Books Make a Difference. BlogHer and BookRenter are donating 1000 books to kids in need, and all you have to do to help is post a comment on this blog.

See how easy it to help others!?

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Lemonade Days – June 11, 12 & 13


I had the pleasure of meeting Jay and Liz Scott, the parents of an extraordinary little girl – Alex – and hearing their story a few years ago during a Leadership camp I organized for student’s that attend K12, Inc.* schools. After that meeting, we were so inspired , K12, Inc. partnered with them to ask our families from around the world to hold Lemonade Stands to raise awareness & money for childhood cancer research. This wonderful foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, has raised more than $30 million for cancer research, and funded more than 100 research projects at nearly 50 institutions across the country to date.

When I first heard their story during the summer of 2007, I had no idea that I would soon be dealing with my own family journey with Cancer and remember being so floored by the courage and strength that these 2 showed when sharing Alex’s story. Now that I have my own cancer story to share – I completely understand the impact it has on your life, your expectations and your perspective. I have even more respect and admiration for them  if that is even possible. They are truly amazing people!

Register today for Lemonade Days – June 11th, 12th and 13th, 2010! and hold your own stand with your kids!
During Lemonade Days, dedicated volunteers host thousands of Alex’s Lemonade Stands across the country during the same June weekend that Alex first held her original stands. Each year, Lemonade Days raises over $1 million for childhood cancer research. It’s a great way to get out there and give back with your kids to a cause that directly impacts kids.

If you can’t hold a lemonade stand that weekend – you can hold it anytime of the year or get creative, and ask for birthday present donations or just simply send in a check. It really is a worthwhile cause!

Alexandra “Alex” Scott was born to Jay and Liz Scott in Manchester, Connecticut on January 18, 1996, the second of four children.

Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. On her first birthday, the doctors informed Alex’s parents that if she beat her cancer it was doubtful that she would ever walk again. Just two weeks later, Alex slightly moved her leg at her parents’ request to kick. This was the first indication of who she would turn out to be-a determined, courageous, confident and inspiring child with big dreams and big accomplishments.

By her second birthday, Alex was crawling and able to stand up with leg braces. She worked hard to gain strength and to learn how to walk. She appeared to be beating the odds, until the shattering discovery within the next year that her tumors had started growing again. In the year 2000, the day after her fourth birthday, Alex received a stem cell transplant and informed her mother, “When I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand.” She said she wanted to give the money to the doctors to help them “help kids, like they had helped her”. True to her word, she held her first lemonade stand later that year and raised an amazing $2000 for “her hospital.”

While bravely battling her own cancer, Alex continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in her front yard to benefit childhood cancer research. News spread of the remarkable sick child dedicated to helping other sick children. People from all over the world, moved by her story, held their own lemonade stands and donated the proceeds to Alex and her cause.

In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised over $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s family-including brothers Patrick, Eddie, and Joey and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

*I work for K12, Inc and we are once again supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand during Lemonade Days – encouraging our families to hold stands to raise money for cancer research.  In the 2 years that we have partnered with ALSF, K12 students have raised more than $135,000! Not too shabby!!

Race for the Cure – June 5, Washington D.C.


Susan G Komen Race for the Cure!

On June 5th tens of thousands of people will gather on the National Mall in Washington DC to make a big impact on the global movement to end breast cancer forever. Many of us know of or have family or friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without a cure, an estimated 25 million people around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 10 million could die over the next 25 years.

Up to 75 % of the Komen Global Race income stays in the Washington DC metropolitan area to fund local screening, treatment and education programs for the medically under served. The remaining dollars support the Susan G. Komen Global Promise Fund , a program which is dedicated to reaching under served people in areas where breast cancer mortality rates are the highest.

Please help us by joining in the walk/run on June 5th or by donating funds.  To register, go to If you are unable to walk or run with us on Race Day, consider registering to Sleep In for the Cure.

No matter how you get involved, you will help make an impact.

Red Robin Encourages Kids to Give Back


For Nate’s birthday dinner, he wanted to go to Red Robin. While we were there, I read about something cool they are doing to encourage kids to make a difference.

How Do You Make a Difference Poem Contest

If you are between 5-10 years old, write a poem about how you make a difference in your community and submit it by May 23, 2010.

They have some cool prizes like Ipod Nanos, Coke gifts, and gift certificates. How cool is that? A fun way to encourage kids to give back and make a difference!

You will also find some Volunteering Tips for the kids too.

National Volunteer Week 2010: April 18 -24


National Volunteer Week 2010

Celebrating People in Action

April 18 – 24, 2010

Join us as we celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things to transform their communities!

Tell us how you or someone you know has made an impact – share your stories, videos and photos of outstanding volunteers here. Celebrate these change agents and their efforts with us! Find inspiration as you scroll through compelling stories from across the nation.

via Hands On Network Blog | HandsOn Network.

Giving back


To me a vital part of living a healthy life is giving back. Giving back does not have to be any huge production either. There are tons of small ways to do it.  For those of you that have volunteered, you know that there is very little in the world more rewarding than helping out others. I try to instill that awareness and understanding in own kids and am always looking for opportunities to show them ways they can make a difference. From my own experience, its really hard to find many real organized opportunities for kids under 13 to volunteer- but there are a few if you get creative and are willing to do some legwork.

– visiting a senior center or home. We call these grama and grampa centers at our house.
– walking along side our community ponds with friends picking up garbage. When we go for a walk in general we bring a bag to pick up any garbage or litter we see.  We have also have done this with our Brownie troop and will do it again this year.
– finding a local charitable group that accepts good condition, used toys. The kids go through their own toys, pick some and then we deliver them as a family.

Don’t get me wrong – there is a lot of value in having them save and give money to charities or send letters etc – but I do think there is something intrinsically more valuable in younger kids experiencing the immediate impact of their actions and being able to see that what they do can make a real difference, even if it’s as simple as a smile and a hug.

Here is a great site that helps inspire high school students to give back:
Youth Noise is a nice web 2.0 resource for high school students to explore charitable causes and lend support to causes. Youth Noise allows users to create profiles, find information about current world events, and voice opinions on current issues. Some of the causes student can explore and support include animal rights, education, government, tolerance, and poverty.

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