About a year ago, Joel Frank, a West Chester lawyer, had a strong reaction to a presentation by Liz and Jay Scott, the parents of Alexandra Scott.
The 5-year-old from Lower Merion made national headlines after launching a series of lemonade stands to benefit childhood cancer research before succumbing to the disease. “I really felt like I needed to do something,” Frank said.
The Scotts were looking for a way to expand their network of lemonade stands, an effort that has raised more than $40 million for childhood cancer since 2004. Frank , managing partner at Lamb McErlane, a West Chester law firm, assisted the couple in making connections in the West Chester area, paving the way for a successful initiative in June that involved the Chester County Bar Association, a multitude of lawyers, and six lemonade stands.
Working with the Scotts was such a positive experience that he did not hesitate to accept a recent invitation to serve on the board of the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, he said. “The Scotts have such a compelling story,” Frank said, adding that they’re also "very genuine people.”