The Childhood Cancer Blog

The Childhood Cancer Blog

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from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation!

September 23, 2021
  • dr. michelle monje
    “ALSF helped launch my research program 10 years ago, and has supported my lab at every step along the way. Their investment in childhood cancer research has transformed the field and nurtured the development of a generation of childhood cancer researchers,” said Dr. Monje.
  • dr. cigall kadoch
    “The ‘high-risk, high-reward’ studies that ALSF supported are the some of the very studies that best represent me, our science and serve as the platform for the work we have ongoing and propose for the future,” said Dr. Kadoch. “It doesn’t escape me that the support from ALSF has been instrumental, and I extend my deep appreciation to ALSF for supporting our science from the very beginning.” 

Two Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)-funded researchers, Michelle Monje, MD/PhD and Cigall Kadoch, PhD, have been named as Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigators.

The HHMI program supports more than 250 investigators, located at more than 60 research institutions across the United States. As HHMI investigators, Dr. Monje, who is based at Stanford University will study the interactions between aggressive brain cancers, like glioma, and the nervous system’s circuity; and Dr. Kadoch, who is based at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will study chromatin and gene... Read More

September 23, 2021
ALSF-funded researcher Dr. Jenn Kalish is raising money for Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) research with her Million Mile team.

ALSF-funded researcher Dr. Jenn Kalish is raising money for Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) research with her Million Mile team.

You know how the saying goes: teamwork makes the dream work. At Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), the dream is to end childhood cancer. Our founder, Alex Scott always planned to make this dream a reality, but knew she couldn’t do it alone. With help from people in her community, then soon, the nation, everyone took those first steps toward cures. 

Today, Alex’s legacy of working together to achieve a dream continues. September is both Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the month for ALSF’s Million Mile – a virtual fitness challenge that encourages supporters of any age or... Read More

September 12, 2021
  • David and Frankie with grandson Max.
  • Christine with grandsons John and Jason.
  • Grandma Bee with her grandson Alex.

 David and Frankie’s grandson Max was just 4 years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). 

“We were devastated when we first heard the news about Max’s diagnosis. We couldn’t believe our grandson had somehow contracted this deadly disease,” recalls his grandfather David. 

Grandparents grieve deeply when a grandchild has cancer. They are concerned not only for their grandchild, but also for their own child (the parent). Cancer wreaks havoc with grandparents’ expectations, reversing the natural order of life and death. Grandparents frequently say... Read More