HOBY to host Alex’s Lemonade Stand June 12 in Vermillion

HOBY to host Alex's Lemonade Stand June 12 in Vermillion Thousands of volunteers across the United States will honor Alex Scott's memory June 10-12, by hosting "Alex's Lemonade Stands" in an effort to reach Alex's goal of $5 million for pediatric cancer research.

In this area, Alex's Lemonade Stand will take place on June 12 in front of Bank of the West, 15 East Main Street, Vermillion, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The lemonade stand is part of the city-wide service projects for the 2005 Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar, at The University of South Dakota on the same weekend. Donations may also be sent to Jacquie Lonning, HOBY South Dakota, 609 Elm Street, Vermillion, SD 57069, by June 24.

Alexandra "Alex" Scott was a spunky 8-year-old with a mission � to raise money to help fight childhood cancer, one cup at a time by selling lemonade. Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, in January of 1997. She bravely fought her cancer for over seven years and started a successful nationwide fund-raising campaign for childhood cancer.

In 2004, Alex set an ambitious goal ��she would raise $1 million for pediatric cancer research. On June 12, 2004, Alex inspired hundreds of volunteers across the country to participate in the first national Alex's Lemonade Stand fund raiser. This event gave Alex national attention,

bringing awareness to her cause and encouraging more people to host lemonade stands throughout the rest of the year. By the end of 2004, Alex and countless of volunteers raised $1.5 million, surpassing her goal.

She died on Aug.1, 2004, but her legacy continues.

Before Alex passed away, she had already set a goal for her second national fund raiser � $5 million.

"I think the new goal is very appropriate ��$5 million in 2005, which is the fifth year of her stand," said Liz Scott, Alex's mother. "It is ambitious, but with the help of volunteers across the country holding stands in their communities I think we can do it."

Alex's simple idea of a lemonade stand as a venue for raising funds for a cause � "fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time" � has allowed people who would not usually participate in fund raising, especially children, to organize and raise money for childhood cancer. To date, Alex's Lemonade Stand has donated over $1 million to support childhood cancer research.

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