In 2007, while I was working at a tile showroom, I met Kimberly Niemela. Kim is the owner of COSACOSA art at large, Inc. which is a non-profit organization creating new public art specific to the concerns of Philadelphia neighborhoods in direct, long-term collaboration with city residents.
I had the opportunity to help her create the mosaic she was working on at the time. The Mosaic was for the Oncology Department at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, based on an image of Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
I was able to find information on the artwork because the mosaic was moved in 2015. It had been located in the playroom of the Alex Scott Day Hospital in the Wood Center, and was moved with the unit to the new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.
This mosaic is a reminder of Alexandra “Alex” Scott’s selflessness and strength to find a cure for all children with cancer.
Alex, was diagnosed with childhood cancer just before her first birthday. The day after her fourth birthday, she told her parents she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand. Her plan: to give the money to doctors to help them find a cure. Her first “Alex’s Lemonade Stand”, held with the help of her older brother Patrick, raised an astonishing $2,000 in one day. While bravely fighting her own cancer, Alex continued to set up lemonade stands every year. As news spread of the remarkable girl so dedicated to helping other sick children, people everywhere were inspired to start their own lemonade stands—donating the proceeds to her cause.
In 2004 when Alex passed away at the age of eight—her stand and inspiration had raised more than $1 million towards finding a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Our mission is simple: to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer causes—especially research into new treatments and cures—and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000—truly exemplifying the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—we have raised more than $120 million. That money has helped to:
- Fund more than 550 cutting-edge research projects
- Create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment
- Develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is the living embodiment of Alex’s spirit of determination and hope. Like Alex, we believe that every person can make a difference. Together, we can bring about a cure. Please join us in “making lemonade” today!