Four years ago, while leaving for the Kentucky Derby, the Huscrofts first heard the story of thoroughbred racing champion Afleet Alex and his connection to a little girl named Alex Scott. Alexandra “Alex” Scott was the creator of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. When Alex was only 4 years old, she voiced a simple wish; she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. This simple wish has transformed into a national volunteer movement, with thousands of stands being held across the country. The Huscrofts exemplify the principles the Foundation was built on, that one person and family can make a difference in the world.
After being overwhelmed by Alex’s courage, bravery and compassion for others, they decided to get involved to help her cause. The Huscrofts hosted their first lemonade stand in 2005 with their four children making signs and mixing lemonade. In 2006, Tom Huscroft, their uncle, was killed in a traffic accident. He was passionate about the cause and very involved with the lemonade stands. In his honor, the family continued to host stands and asked neighbors to join. The year after the Huscrofts asked more friends from school, sports teams and other activities to pitch in. Through the years the Huscrofts’ Alex’s Lemonade Stand has grown into a community event and in 2008, saw friends and family hosting eight Alex’s Lemonade Stands across the community. The family has raised nearly $40,000 for the Foundation and the battle against childhood cancer.
The Huscroft Family chose to not only hold their own lemonade stand to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer, but they decided to involve their entire community. By working with others in their community, they have raised even more funds for the Foundation, and perhaps more importantly, have educated those around them about just how integral funding is and how serious childhood cancer is.
There are so many things that make the Huscroft’s unique and special, perhaps most importantly how they became involved with the Foundation. They learned of ALSF at the Kentucky Derby in 2005 and became very involved. Tom Huscroft was possibly the most passionate about the cause and when he was killed in a traffic accident in 2006, the family decided to continue holding lemonade stands in his honor.