February 2018

Heart Health and Childhood Cancer: 10 Things You Need To Know

Childhood cancer survivors are 7 times more likely to experience cardiac dysfunction at some point in their lives than other children. Harsh treatments from some types of high-dose chemotherapy and radiation therapy increase their risk of having an irregular heartbeat, weakening the heart muscle and even hardening of the arteries. 

This is one of the many reasons why childhood cancer research is so important—cures should not come at the cost of heart health. 

Random Acts of Kindness: Childhood Cancer Hero Gets to See His Wish Come True

by Trish Adkins, ALSF

In Minnesota, there is a Vikings fan who really loves his team. A week before the division championship game, he won two Super Bowl tickets in a charity raffle, sponsored by Spare Key, a St. Paul, Minnesota charity that provides assistance to families with critically ill children.  He was sure his team would make it to the Super Bowl. If they did not, well, he’d give away his Super Bowl tickets to a fan who would love to see their team play. 

As everyone knows by now, the Vikings did not make it to the Super Bowl. 

Love and Lemonade: Meet Three Couples Who Said “I do” to Doing Good

Love was in the air and lemonade was in the glasses when these three couples said “I Do” while supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). From substituting traditional wedding favors for donations to having a lemonade stand at their receptions, these supporters used their big days to give back and support childhood cancer research.

How Kickers, Punters and Long Snappers are Making a Difference in the Childhood Cancer Fight

Ohio All-State football player, Matt Colella battled cancer as a middle school student. As a way to raise money for childhood cancer research while still in high school, Matt asked others to pledge a dollar amount for each point he made as his team’s kicker. The idea worked and Matt initially raised over $7,000.