“The Million Mile is a great challenge for individuals and teams to take action in the fight against childhood cancer," said Jay Scott. "We hope that through the shared efforts of participants we can bring awareness and funds to innovative and effective childhood cancer research."
(PRWEB) August 30, 2018
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, challenges people everywhere to go the extra mile in September during The Million Mile 2018, presented by Volvo. Returning for its sixth year during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September), participants will turn awareness into action by collectively running, walking and/or cycling a million miles to raise funds for childhood cancer research. The Million Mile is the largest Childhood Cancer Awareness Month challenge that funds researchers so they can find better treatments and more cures for kids battling cancer.
Whether supporters are casual walkers or joggers, avid cyclists or marathoners, everyone can make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer. ALSF’s goal is to collectively log a million miles and raise over $1 million during the month of September.
The ambitious goal of one million miles is inspired by all families who are battling childhood cancer and how far they would go to find cures for their children. While logging miles and raising funds, Million Mile participants are showing support for these families. Since The Million Mile began, participants have logged almost four million miles and raised more than $3.8 million for childhood cancer research.
In three easy steps, participants can start making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer. First, register on TheMillionMile.org. Participants can choose to start a team, join an already existing team or participate on their own. It is easy to sign up and there is no registration fee or minimum fundraising requirement. Second, they can invite family and friends to join and support. Participants can share their team page via email and social media. Last, participants log miles during September and ask friends and family to make a one-time donation or pledge per mile to support their efforts.
“September is an important month in the childhood cancer community,” said Jay Scott co-executive director of ALSF and Alex’s dad. “The Million Mile is a great challenge for individuals and teams to take action in the fight against childhood cancer. We hope that through the shared efforts of participants we can bring awareness and funds to innovative and effective childhood cancer research.”
For more information about The Million Mile and to register, visit TheMillionMile.org.
About Childhood Cancer
Childhood cancer is a general term used to describe cancer in children occurring regularly, randomly and sparing no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region. Childhood cancer extends to over a dozen types of cancers and a countless amount of subtypes. Just a few of these cancer types include: Ewing sarcoma, glioma, leukemia, lymphoma, medulloblastoma, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, retinoblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and Wilms’ tumor. In the United States, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15. Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer, accounting for 91,250 losing their lives to the disease every year.
About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $150 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 800 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. In addition, ALSF provides support to families affected by childhood cancer through programs such as Travel For Care and SuperSibs. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit http://www.AlexsLemonade.org.