The Childhood Cancer Blog

The Childhood Cancer Blog

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March 11, 2021

Hailing from all over the world, 90 researchers were invited to the first-ever ALSF Crazy 8 meeting in Philadelphia in September 2018.

Two years ago, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) launched the Crazy 8 Initiative, an innovative grant program designed to create roadmaps toward cures for specific, hard-to-treat childhood cancers. The initiative focuses on eight specific areas of research: embryonal brain cancers, high grade gliomas, fusion-positive sarcomas, fusion-negative sarcomas, leukemias, neuroblastoma, big data and catalyzing clinical trials. 

Since the launch of the Crazy 8 Initiative, ALSF has worked to bring together the leading minds in childhood cancer research from around the world. Together,... Read More

March 8, 2021

For Katherine G. Tarlock, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, becoming a physician scientist focused on pediatric leukemia was a perfect blend of helping children and their families, allowing the formation of deep relationships with them, alongside her love of research. For her, research is so intertwined with clinical practice; they complement and reinforce one another, allowing her to provide the best possible care for children with cancer.

During Dr. Tarlock’s pediatric oncology fellowship, she realized that she... Read More

February 24, 2021

In March, as the world locked down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lakelynn was rocketed into uncharted territory. 

In February 2020, 7-year-old Lakelynn’s normal routine included monthly plane rides from her home in Raleigh to Boston for her clinical trial treatment for a rare, inoperable sarcoma in her arm. 

Then, in March, as the world locked down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lakelynn’s routine had to change. Suddenly she was grounded in Raleigh, and while her Boston doctor made sure she could continue on the lifesaving clinical trial locally, the new hospital and new pandemic... Read More