Charity of the week
Alex Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer, before her first birthday. When she turned 4, she set up a lemonade stand to collect money to help find a cure for cancer. Scott herself passed away before her dream could come true. Her parents have continued their daughter’s mission through Alex’s Lemonade Stand (alexslemonade.org). Since 2005, the foundation has raised $150 million and funded over 1,000 research projects aimed at fighting childhood cancer. The organization provides emotional support to families while also funding searches for a cure. Its Childhood Cancer Data Lab is a premier clearinghouse for researchers to exchange information. ALS has also committed $25 million to a new initiative to bring top researchers together to find cures for rare childhood cancers.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■
December 7, 2018 THE WEEK