Added on: 28th Sep 2014
ALEXANDRA 'ALEX' SCOTT
Alexandra "Alex" Scott was born in Connecticut in 1996, and was
diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, shortly
before she turned 1. In 2000, just after turning 4 years old, she
informed her mother she wanted to start a lemonade stand to
raise money for doctors to "help other kids, like they helped me."
Her first lemonade stand raised $2,000 and led to the creation of
the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex continued her
lemonade stands throughout her life, ultimately raising over $1 million
toward cancer research. She passed away in August 2004 at the age of 8.
Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand sponsors a national fundraising weekend
every June called Lemonade Days. Each year, as many as 10,000
volunteers at more than 2,000 Alex’s Lemonade Stands
around the nation make a difference for children with cancer.
In 1998, 6-year-old Ryan Hreljac was shocked to learn that children in
Africa had to walk many kilometers every day just to fetch water.
Ryan decided he needed to build a well for a village in Africa. By doing
household chores and public speaking on clean water issues, Ryan’s
first well was built in 1999 at the Angolo Primary School in a northern
Ugandan village. Ryan’s determination led to Ryan’s Well Foundation,
which has completed 667 projects in 16 countries, bringing access to
clean water and sanitation to more than 714,000 people.
Currently, Ryan is a 20-year-old college student at
University of King’s College in Halifax.