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Monday, September 25, 2006 - Alex’s Lemonade Stand at SJH Regional Medical Center Will Benefit Pediatric Cancer

Alex’s Lemonade Stand at SJH Regional Medical Center
Will Benefit Pediatric Cancer

VINELAND, NJ (September 25) – South Jersey Healthcare will host “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” at 10 a.m. on October 9 at the Regional Medical Center in Vineland. The event, which raises money to benefit pediatric cancer research, will feature lemonade, baked goods, hot dogs, a lemon pie eating contest, an auction and educational materials about childhood cancer.

Alexandra “Alex” Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, in 1997. She bravely fought her cancer for seven years and started a successful, nationwide fundraising campaign to fight childhood cancer.

Scott passed away on August 1, 2004, but her legacy has endured. Each year volunteers across the nation celebrate Alex’s life and inspiration as they carry on her tradition of setting up lemonade stands to raise money for childhood cancer. In 2004 and 2005, there were more than 4000 Alex's Lemonade Stands held across the country which raised more than 6 million dollars. Tamisha Jones, a unit clerk in the SJH Pediatrics Department, became involved in the charity after she saw Alex on a television program.

“I was inspired by her incredible story and her determination to raise money for cancer,” said Jones. “It is unfortunate for any child to suffer with cancer and I want to do something to help.” Jones has received sponsorship support from several local businesses and organizations for the event. For more information about the event at the SJH Regional Medical Center or to make a donation, call Tamisha Jones at (609) 364-5058, or visit www.alexslemonade.com.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents. Please visit www.sjhealthcare.net to learn more.

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