Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September 28: Alex's Lemonade Stand

Thank you for so many donations to our Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser this month. We have topped $3,000 in online donations and the month isn’t over and we aren’t done yet!

$3,000 will fund a week and a half of research! What an awesome thing for us to all be a part of! Donations made on the fundraising page have ranged from $5 - $478 and everywhere in between. Every little bit counts as your small donations have made our overall contribution larger and our contribution goes into the larger pot for the month that is over $500,000!

In addition to funding childhood cancer research, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation aides families with travel expenses. On October 11, 2014, Tillery was discharged from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and we moved from living in the hospital to living in the Extended Stay America in Blue Ash, a suburb of Cincinnati. That hotel room was paid for by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. We had considered going home to TN for a few weeks and then coming back to Ohio to begin chemotherapy but Tillery’s team urged us to stay local and her social worker arranged a room through ALSF.

That room made a huge impact on Tillery’s future. Four days after being discharged from the hospital, Tillery became very fussy and we ended up taking her in to the ER to have her checked. It was discovered that Tillery had developed a blood clot in her brain from the surgery and she was at a critically high risk for having a stroke. Because we were staying locally, we were able to have her team, the ones who had just weeks before performed a major brain surgery, lead the next steps of her journey. That medical team saved her during that stay. THAT is the value of a hotel room paid for by ALSF.

We also received gas cards through Alex’s Lemonade Stand that kept Joe on the road between Chattanooga and Cincinnati. Joe would have travelled back and forth regardless of the gas cards but the ease of burden at a nightmarish time for our family was a gift you cannot put a price tag on. THAT is the value of a gas gift card supplied by ALSF.

The research matters, the family support matters, and your support matters. When families face a childhood cancer diagnosis, they all want two things: some comfort and a cure. ALSF is working on providing both.

To make a donation to our September fundraising page, follow this link:

(We are ranked #38 out of 435 teams nationwide in fundraising!)

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