But Alex Scott - who was diagnosed with cancer in 1997, just two days before her first birthday - ended up donating her money to pediatric cancer research.
By the time she was 8 years old, lemonade stands that she and others operated raised almost $1 million.
'Obviously Alex proved that every girl can make a difference,' says Liz Scott, Alex's mother. 'Her little 4-year-old self managed to raise a million dollars in her lifetime.'
What began as one lemonade stand grew into a franchise-like organization. Though Alex Scott passed away in 2004, her philanthropy lives on and has inspired a national effort.
Liz Scott now works full time with Alex's Lemonade Stand, a national organization that raises money like Alex did - by selling lemonade."