Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 33- Alex's Lemonade Stand and Modern Family

There's really not a direct charitable tie in to last year's post about a kitchen timer, but I think I have found a way to make this one work.  If not, at least I'm making a contribution to a charity about it :).

I searched for "time" on charitynavigator.com, and one of the highest rated charities that came up was Alex's Lemonade Stand.  This is an organization that raises money for research to fight childhood cancer.  Perfect, I thought, there's my connection.  This charity is, simply put, trying to give the kids more time.  Here's what they do (this is a long description, but it's worth reading... I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes):

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of our founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott—a cure for all children with cancer.

When Alex, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer just before her first birthday, was four, she told her parents she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand. Her plan: to give the money to doctors to help them find a cure. Her first “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” raised an astonishing $2,000 in one day. While bravely fighting her own cancer, Alex continued to set up lemonade stands every year. As news spread of the remarkable girl so dedicated to helping other sick children, people everywhere were inspired to start their own lemonade stands—donating the proceeds to her cause.

In 2004 when Alex passed away at the age of eight—her stand and inspiration had raised over $1 million towards finding a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Our mission is simple: to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer causes—especially research into new treatments and cures—and to encourage and educate others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000—truly exemplifying the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—we have raised more than $35 million, with more than $12 million of those dollars coming from lemonade stands. That money has helped to:

• Fund more than 150 cutting-edge research projects

• Create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment

• Develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is the living embodiment of Alex’s spirit of determination and hope. Like Alex, we believe that every person can make a difference. Together, we can bring about a cure. Please join us in “making lemonade” today!

This charity not only does incredible work, it also goes to show you that one person can truly make a difference.  If you haven't donated yet, today would be a great opportunity to be one of those people making a difference.
 
https://www.alexslemonade.org/

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Modern Family is easily one of the funniest television show of all time.  The characters, the dialogue, the family relationships.  It is a situation comedy full of absolutely positively hilarious situations.  There are also a few characters that... ahem... remind me of my own husband and me a little bit.  I was literally laughing out loud through the entire episode tonight.  General was a bit confused and alarmed, seeing as we were home by ourselves.  I could quote the entire show, but here are a few of my favorites from tonight.

"It's our parents' anniversary, so we're surprising them with breakfast in bed."
"They're impossible to buy for... we think.  We've never really tried."

The kids walk into Phil and Claire's room with their little breakfast tray.  They realize that they have caught their parents in the act, scream, throw the tray up, and run away.

Phil: Yeah, our kids walked in on us.  We were... as they say, having sex."
Claire: That's not a euphemism, Phil, that's exactly what we were doing.  Having sex.  In front of our children.
Phil: Well, they weren't there when we started.  In fact, you weren't even there when we started.

"What were they doing?  Whatever it was, it looked like Dad was winning."

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Mitchell and Cameron

Mitchell: Oooh!  This is so exciting.  I've never had an "in" at a restaurant before.  They'll probably greet us at the door by our name, show us to our favorite table--
Cameron: --let us play fast and loose with the menu and order lunch things for dinner and dinner things for lunch!!

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

Back to Claire and Phil

Phil: Honey, this is only a big deal if we make it a big deal.  We set the tone here, so let's just play it cool.  Act like it was a big funny mix up, crack a few jokes, lighten the mood.
Claire: Jokes?
Phil: Yeah!
Claire: What kind of jokes?
Phil: Well, this is... I'm just spitballin' here, but, what if I was all "Knock, knock," and they were like, "Who's there," and I was all, "Someone who doesn't wanna see their parents doin' it, that's why they knocked."  Again, this is very rough. 

Thank you, Modern Family, you made my day.

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