Our mission is to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Last fall, after our 11th or so flight to Philadelphia, I went to book another round-trip ticket for our upcoming appointment. $749. Yikes. There has to be another way, I remember thinking. I reached out to the social worker from CHOP and asked if there was any grants coverage for flight costs. She said that there were a couple non-profits she could reach out to. Within hours a woman from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emailed me and asked what flight we wanted to be on.
That was it. Flights booked.
ALSF generously paid for two of our flights to Philly (with us using the companion pass for Beaudin) through their Travel for Care Program. This program is specifically designed to ensure children battling childhood cancer have the financial assistance needed to travel to clinical trials, experimental therapeutics, or treatment innovations not currently available at their local institution.
A la: traveling to Philly from Denver for CAR T therapy.
We are so thankful for the ALSF!
If you would like to make a donation to the foundation, on behalf of our family, there are a handful of ways to give, detailed on their website: https://www.alexslemonade.org/ways-to-give
The other day a volunteer at ALSF reached out and asked to do a write-up of Beau for their website. You can read that story here!
I showed Beau the article and he remarked, “So, am I famous now?” I guess because that is what a child thinks when they see themselves on the internet. He lingered on the photo of his bald head. I asked him if he remembered back then, that photo. He said he didn’t remember anything except the flash from the camera, “It felt like paparazzi, and for a little bit I wasn’t embarrassed about being bald.”
Edited to add: How funny that the day I posted this, during our visit to Philly, we walked past this billboard downtown. (see below)