Funds go to support research into new treatments for childhood cancer
What better way to cool off in the summer than to have a glass of lemonade? The Wilmington campus of the Harris School of Business is hoping to sell a lot of lemonade on Tuesday, June 17 when they hold an Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The funds raised will go to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which supports research into new treatments for childhood cancer.
The Harris School in Wilmington focuses on training adult students for careers in allied health, and one of the ways that students can give back to the community is to support organizations that have a healthcare focus. In looking for an organization to help, the students at the Wilmington campus agreed that the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a worthy cause.
Like many others, students at Harris were touched by the story of young Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who advocated for pediatric cancer research as she was fighting her own battle with neuroblastoma. She wanted to see to it that other kids with cancer could get the help they needed. Alex passed away at the age of 8 in 2004, but her family and her supporters world-wide are still committed to continuing her legacy.
On the day of the lemonade stand event, students from all three of the Wilmington programs—professional medical assistant training, dental assistant training, and massage therapy training—will take part. The Harris School teaches students that an important part of career training is learning how to become an active participant in your community and trying to give back when you can.
To date, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $80 million, and funded over 450 research projects. The foundation also funds nursing grants to help improve the quality of life for children with cancer. One of the many unique aspects of the organization is that it has encouraged children to get involved in fundraising and awareness campaigns. With something as simple as selling lemonade, children and adults alike can contribute to an important cause.
The Harris School is proud of its students for deciding to participate in this fundraiser, and for giving their time so generously.