Win or Lose...Afleet Alex is a Winner
Forget the mint juleps. Put down that $6 concession stand bottle of beer. This is a Kentucky Derby for lemonade. Especially if Afleet Alex, one of the more accomplished hopefuls in Saturday's 131st Run for the Roses, is as brave in the Churchill Downs stretch as a little girl named Alexandra "Alex" Scott was living her life. All eight years of it.
When Alex was 4, she started Alex's Lemonade Stand to raise money for pediatric cancer research. That's because two days before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. She said she wanted to "help her hospital."
The first stand, in the front yard of Alex's suburban Philadelphia home, opened in the summer of 2000. Before she died last August holding the hands of her parents, and after word had spread of her bittersweet battle to help others, Alex had raised more than $700,000.
A portion of his Afleet Alex' winnings to go help support the Lemonade Stand. You can even buy Official Alex gear at his website.