Raising money for pediatric cancer research is one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever done. And after experiencing almost 800 days of treatment after my daughter’s Leukemia diagnosis, I know firsthand how desperately those funds are needed. Only 4% of government funding for cancer research goes toward pediatric cancers – our kids are worth so much more than 4%. These dollars will fund better treatment options for the ~ 45 children diagnosed with cancer every day. So I am thrilled and honored to launch yet another collection with Alice & Wonder, with a portion of proceeds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Ali has helped us raise over $12,000 for ALSF and this partnership is going to be our biggest yet, because we’re hosting an in-person lemonade stand with 100% of proceeds going to ALSF! Read on for details.


My Alice & Wonder Collection is Live!


Whenever I get to work with Ali, our designs come together so quickly and easily. We will go into a call and chat through ideas and I swear we have it all figured out almost immediately. She works her magic (as she does) and beautiful designs like this are born. We really wanted to run with the lemon theme in honor of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and also wanted to have one of her classic, most-loved Chicago sweatshirts as part of the collection. She even made some lemonade cups (in pink, for my pink-loving girl) and a tote, too. So there really is something for everyone! 

Adult Sweatshirt

This sweatshirt is so cozy and perfectly oversized. I'm wearing a small!
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Come celebrate this new collaboration with us! 

We’re having an event at Alice & Wonder this Saturday, August 19, from 11AM-2PM, at Alice & Wonder’s Southport store. We will be hosting our very own Lemonade Stand, and ALL proceeds from lemonade sales will be donated to our ALSF fundraiser thanks to Crosby’s Kitchen. I got a text from Ali a few weeks ago asking how I felt about spiked lemonade. You all know how I felt about that option, so there will be a spiked lemonade, too. 🍋🍋🍋


I need to tell you about this sweatshirt.

The fit and fabric are very similar to one of my favorite sweatshirts, except this one is almost $100 less. I’ve been living in it (indoors since it’s not sweatshirt weather yet) but haven’t been able to take it off. It’s the perfect weight, so cozy, and is perfectly oversized, too. It might seem like I’m overusing the word perfect but it really is that good. 



And now, let’s talk about Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

I connected with Liz, the founder of ALSF before Margot was even diagnosed. I really wanted to help share their story and raise awareness, and then months later, emailed her to share our story. So it was a natural fit that I’d start fundraising for this incredible organization. Childhood cancer research is severely underfunded, and most of the drugs are as old as my children’s grandparents. We need better treatment options for these kids. The work they do goes beyond fundraising for treatment (which is obviously extremely important). Most families go bankrupt during treatment. At least one parent has to be at the hospital regularly, which means they cannot work. Between gas, parking, copays, etc, the costs can be insurmountable. Some families have to travel hours and hours to even get to a hospital. ALSF helps families with those costs. 

I believe in ALSF, so much that I joined the Advisory Board this year. We may be one year out of treatment, but my work is not close to done.