HARRISBURG – June 18, 2018 – After a month-long fundraising competition with State Senator John Rafferty (R-Montgomery/Berks/Chester), State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced that his office has raised $2,110 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a local non-profit that supports childhood cancer research.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is an organization that is close to Leach’s heart. Alex Scott, the child for whom the foundation is named, lived in the 17th Senatorial District before her untimely passing in 2004. Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, and at just four years old, started a front yard lemonade stand to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer. She continued running lemonade stands each year until passing away at the age of eight.
“My office set an internal goal of raising $2,000, which is symbolic because that’s the amount Alex raised at her first lemonade stand in Wynnewood,” Leach said. “I’m excited to announce that my annual stand achieved this goal and donated $2,110 to ending childhood cancer. I’m thankful to Senator Rafferty for participating this year. As I drive through southeastern Pennsylvania and see blue and yellow lemonade stands set up all around the community, I think of how proud Alex would be to see the impact she’s had. One day we will find a cure to childhood cancer, and a large part of it will be thanks to heroes like Alex.”
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children younger than 20. Over 12,000 children are diagnosed each year in the United States. Due to advances in research, the childhood cancer cure rate has reached nearly 80 percent.
Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. He is also the Democratic Chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.