If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I am a supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Yesterday, I received this e mail message from Liz and Jay Scott, Alex’s parents.
We can hardly believe that its that time of year again: time to appreciate what matters in our lives, time to celebrate the accomplishments of another year, and time to embrace a new year with open arms.
Appreciating what matters in our lives is not always easy. When Alex was living with cancer, it was easy to understand what mattered in our lives. From her, we learned to appreciate the simple treasures of life: health, family, and love. We lived for the moment – a good day was a day to celebrate. We celebrated with small pleasures like a trip to the park, a spontaneous overnight trip, and spending a quiet day at home playing all day. Now, as time has passed, it is easy to lose sight of these simple treasures and small pleasures by getting caught up in the daily business of life. We hope that we, along with all of you, can take time to slow down during this busy season to celebrate the small pleasures of a good day and appreciate the simple treasures of life.
Along with this season of reflecting, comes a great sense of accomplishment for the successes of 2006. This year has brought tremendous joy to us as we are privileged to keep Alex’s legacy alive; we are beyond grateful for the support and generosity of all of you. We are close to reaching our goal of raising $5 million in 2006 and are working hard to see that goal realized before we ring in the New Year!
As we welcome 2007 with open arms, we see a bright future for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation because of all of you. We recognize that Alex’s Lemonade Stand is about much more than Alex and her determination to find a cure. It is about the spirit of all children with cancer and the memory of all children who have lost their lives to this disease. The future of Alex’s Lemonade Stand belongs to the thousands of people who hold lemonade stands and fundraisers, the thousands of people who donate so generously, and our wonderful sponsors. We are all continuing what Alex started and together, we will continue to make a difference for our precious children in 2007 and beyond.
The end-of-year season is a time when we turn our thoughts to giving and supporting the causes we believe in. As we look to an exciting future, we hope you will consider supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation with a generous tax-deductible end-of- year donation.
This year, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation awarded millions of dollars in grants to fund 30 childhood cancer research projects at top research hospitals across the United States.
We celebrate this huge accomplishment but we are fully aware of the tremendous task still ahead of us in order to eradicate this disease. With this in mind, we have set a goal to fund one more research project by the end of 2006
You can help us reach our goal by making an end-of-year donation:
- Your donation of $50 will fund one hour of research
- A gift of $400 will fund one day
- A gift of $2000 will fund a week of research
- A generous gift of $8000 will pay for an entire month
Most importantly, your donation of any amount will truly make a difference!
Best wishes for health and happiness to you and yours.
With love and gratitude,
Liz and Jay Scott
I'm proud to day that readers of this blog raised over $2,500 to help fight childhood cancer in 2006. Thanks to all of you for your generosity.
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