By the time Alexandra Scott (“Alex”) succumbed to cancer in 2004, she had raised $1 million toward the fight against childhood cancer. She was 8 years old.

It was a staggering amount of money for anyone to raise – let alone a child, and a determined and courageous one at that. The manner in which she achieved this feat is even more mind-blowing: She sold lemonade from a makeshift lemonade stand.

Word spread about her and her family’s perseverance and soon people from around the world opened their own stands – and opened their hearts and wallets – to raise money and battle the disease. Those were the early days of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).

It has been more than 15 years since the foundation’s founder passed away, but lemons are still being squeezed everywhere so that her organization can continue to fund important research, raise awareness, support families and empower the world to help cure childhood cancer. Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square was happy to do its part in June when employees took to the city streets to sell the refreshing beverage from their improvised kiosk with the bright yellow sign. Some even dressed up as a lemon to lure customers! By day’s end, the Culture of Caring team had raised $2,000 for ALSF!

Today, ALSF is one of the country’s top funders of childhood cancer research. Nearly 1,000 research grants have gone to top institutions all over the continent, thanks to the work of our Philadelphia team and other companies and individuals. Want to get involved? Read more about ALSF here and consider sponsoring an event in your community!