Friday, August 04, 2006

Inquirer: Child Charity Vandalized

Philadelphia Inquirer documents cowardly act.

Young burglars broke into the headquarters of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation in Ardmore and stole donations and wristbands - and bottles of lemonade - sometime last Friday night.

"You can't get more despicable than that," Haverford Township Detective George Christake said yesterday.

The foundation was named for Alexandra Scott, the 8-year-old who died of neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, on Aug. 1, 2004. When she was 4, she and her parents opened the first stand, which grew into a national fund-raising campaign for pediatric cancer research and treatment. Since 2000, the organization has collected about $7 million.

The juveniles knew who they were targeting when they broke into the charity, authorities also said. The office is not well-marked and sits on the top floor of a former commercial laundry. Inside, the office walls are painted a bright lemon-yellow and covered with photos and posters of Alex.

"They had to know we were here, obviously," Liz Scott, Alex's mother, said yesterday. "The fact that it is young people is more disturbing to me. We exist for kids..."

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