Longview Radiologists was happy to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation this July in the first of what will become an annual fundraiser for this unique charity.

Through the generous donations of our neighbors, we proudly raised over $1,500 in just one day to help in the battle against childhood cancer. To do so, we set up a lemonade stand in front of our office and filled our parking lot with opportunites for folks to sell their wares to contribute to a charity that was founded by a 4-year-old girl named Alex.

Alex Scott set up the very first "lemonade stand" in 2000 after receiving her first stem cell transplant for neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. Alex wanted to raise money and donate it to doctors who would in turn be able to, "help other kids, like they helped me," she said, according to information available through the foundation. And raise money, she did. That first lemonade stand generated $2,000 that was then donated to "her hospital," to be used in the cancer treatment of other children.

Alex lost her battle with cancer at age 8, but not before she'd raised over $1 million with the help of family and friends. Following in Alex's footsteps, her parents established Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to raise money nationwide that, in turn, has been awarded to over 150 research projects at more than 50 institutions across the United States, all in an effort to find a cure. According to their website, ALSF has currently raised more than $30 million for childhood cancer since 2004.

For more information on Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, please visit their website: