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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Announces 2012 ‘A’ Awards To Researchers To Find Childhood Cancer Cures

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Wynnewood, PA (December 2012) – Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, has announced the 2012 recipients of the ‘A’ Award, a groundbreaking pediatric cancer research grant designed to jumpstart the careers of promising scientists in the pediatric cancer field.

Christopher Vakoc, M.D./Ph.D of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Roland Walter, M.D., Ph.D of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Myron Ignatius, Ph.D. of Massachusetts General and Grant Challen, Ph.D. of Washington University were chosen as the 2012 recipients of the grant which totals $375,000 over the course of three years. The doctors’ research will focus on various leukemias, with the exception of Dr. Ignatius who will examine rhabdomyosarcoma.

The ‘A’ Award joined a prestigious line of medical and nursing grants from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in 2009. The Foundation believes that young researchers are integral components of finding new treatments and cures, and by providing support for their research these investigators will utilize their talents toward pediatric oncology.

Along with the funds provided to ‘A’ Award recipients, the award will also include access to ALSF’s Scientific Advisory Board for periodic consultation and a choice of reference books to enhance the researcher’s personal pediatric oncology library. The Foundation will also give recipients the choice of equipment to aid in their research (up to $10,000 value), funding to attend one medical conference of their choice and the opportunity to meet other ‘A’ Award recipients to collaborate and share ideas.

For more information on the ‘A’ Award, or Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s grant program, visit: www.ALSFGrants.org.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s ‘A’ Awards were distributed to the following researchers:

Christopher Vakoc, M.D./Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
BET bromodomain inhibition as epigenetic therapy in pediatric leukemia

Roland Walter, M.D./Ph.D., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Prognostic and Therapeutic Significance of Stem Cell Heterogeneity in AML

Myron Ignatius, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
A role for Notch in self-renewal in Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma

Grant Challen, Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Epigenetic Modifiers as Therapeutic Targets in Pediatric T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation:

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $60 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 250 research projects nationally including those examining leukemia, brain tumors, neuroblastoma, Wilm's tumor, lymphoma, and osteosarcoma among others.

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