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It's amazing what a young child can do to inspire us to do more... and never give up the fight.

In 1997, 1-year-old Alexandra was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that develops in nerve cells. When Alex was 4 years old, she opened a lemonade stand to raise money to help “her doctors” find a cure for her cancer. The response was overwhelming, and she raised $2,000 in just a day. As Alex fought cancer over the next 4 years, she raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancer research and clinics across the country. The effort ultimately inspired millions of other kids to open lemonade stands of their own to raise money for the cause.

Although Alex lost her battle with cancer at age 8 in 2004, her family has continued her legacy with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. The foundation has raised more than $25 million.
Thank you to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and Northwestern Mutual for their $50,000 contribution to Connecticut Children's Medical Center towards research that will lead to new treatments, and eventually, a cure.

Northwestern Mutual Life sees a future without #ChildhoodCancer, where families and children find endless hope and happiness. Through their national partnership program in support of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Northwestern Mutual - West Hartford employees volunteered more than 1,900 hours and raised more than $100,000 towards the national total of more than $900,000 this past year. Learn more about how Connecticut Children's is doing #WhateverItTakes to find a cure. bit.ly/CTChildrensWhateveritTakes

#WhateverItTakes #CTChildrens #Alexslemonadestand #CCAM #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth #GiveCTChildrens
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The ear infection that wasn't an ear infection... Gavin was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and spent the next 76 days at Connecticut Children’s. When he was diagnosed, his white blood cell count was 480,000 (typical counts are in the range of 4,300 to 10,000) and 96 percent of them were leukemic. “Now, when he refuses to go to bed, I’m happy: He’s doing typical 3-year-old stuff, and that’s just great,” said Lindsay, Gavin’s Mom.

Thanks to supporters like Bob's Discount Furniture Foundation, Dr. Bezler and her colleagues are performing research and running clinical trials to aid in the development of treatments that allow kids like Gavin to grow up and live a full life. Read on to learn more> bit.ly/2N076RA

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When Genevieve was 10, her parents had no idea that a routine doctor’s visit would lead to a cancer diagnosis. Genevieve’s family shares their story on our blog in honor of #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth: https://t.co/tm9PjRkJhI #CCAM #WhateverItTakes #Leukemia

Erin is 1 of 30 people participating in a Connecticut Children’s study to look at the effects of chemo on the heart after remission, and hopes the results of this study show younger generations of cancer survivors that a healthy and happy life is possible. #CCAM #WhateverItTakes

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