The Tenth Annual Lemon Ball — a gala celebrating the legacy of Alexandra “Alex” Scott, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) ― held Saturday evening, January 16, 2016, at the Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, PA, was a great success: 1,000 guests attended, and more than $1 million was raised. Over the last 10 years, ALSF has raised more than $120 million to fund cutting edge research into childhood cancer.
This year’s co-chairs of the Annual Lemon Ball were Susan Stein, MPH, Founder and CEO, and Robert Stein, Esquire, CFO/COO, of Connexion Healthcare, who are dedicated to improving the futures of children
Every day in this country, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer, and this number has not diminished in more than 20 years. More than 40,000 children undergo difficult cancer treatment each year. These treatments have allowed many children to live longer; however, survival rates still vary widely depending on the type of cancer, and the physical late effects of treatment can last long into adulthood.
A lack of clinical trials in children is a major treatment challenge. The ALSF helps by funding bench-to-bedside research that paves the way for novel, breakthrough therapies. Since 2006, ALSF has funded more than 550 childhood research projects at 105 top hospitals and institutions, leading to cures and improved quality of life for children
This year’s Lemon Ball honored the following heroes for their commitment to ALSF and the fight against childhood cancer.
- 10-year-old Maya Rigler, who was cured of Wilms’ tumor in 2007 but was recently diagnosed with a second, apparently unrelated cancer, and who has raised $253,334, received the Stand Host of the Year award.
- Alex Gordon, member of the Kansas City Royals and winner of the World Series who has helped raise funds for ALSF by hosting the “Alex Gordon Classic” and making special appearances, was named Volunteer of the Year.
- Volvo, a founding sponsor who helped Alex reach her goal of $1 million dollars to fight pediatric cancer before she passed away, was awarded The Alex Scott Crystal Cup.
Susan and Rob say that it was a privilege to chair this year’s event and suggest getting involved if you want to have a direct impact on cancer research.