The Childhood Cancer Blog

The Childhood Cancer Blog

Welcome to The Childhood Cancer Blog
from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation!

May 1, 2020
  • Beau, who is 8 years old, was diagnosed with ependymoma in March 2020. His treatment includes proton radiation, at a center 2.5 hours away from his home. 
    Beau, who is 8 years old, was diagnosed with ependymoma in March 2020. His treatment includes proton radiation, at a center 2.5 hours away from his home. 
  • May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. You can help children with brain tumors by sharing the facts, raising awareness and supporting childhood cancer research
    May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. You can help children with brain tumors by sharing the facts, raising awareness and supporting childhood cancer research

Brain tumors are the deadliest form of childhood cancer in the United States, accounting for 30% of all cancer deaths each year. Sometimes just centimeters in size, these tumors present real treatment challenges because of their critical location in the brain. 

Even though the five-year survival rate is 76%,  the reality is that even children who survive five years after diagnosis are not necessarily cancer-free, and they may not survive six years. 

It sounds bleak — but it is a call to... Read More

April 30, 2020
  • Julia, who is now 5 years old, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma as a baby.
    Julia, who is now 5 years old, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma as a baby.
  • ”Their support helped keep our family going,” said Jessica Malicki. ALSF has helped nearly 700 families in the midst of childhood cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    ”Their support helped keep our family going,” said Jessica Malicki. ALSF has helped nearly 700 families in the midst of childhood cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic

In March 2020, as New York City began to shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malicki family from Wisconsin began to plan their trip East, to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), located right in epicenter of the outbreak.  

It is a trip they’ve made at least 60 times in the past four years for their daughter Julia. Julia, who is now 5 years old, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a type of childhood eye cancer, when she was a baby. The cutting-edge treatment, a form of surgical chemotherapy, was not available at her home hospital. New York City was the best... Read More

April 24, 2020

One added benefit of more time at home is more time to cook! And while our pantries might not be entirely stocked and some ingredients remain elusive, creativity and cooking go hand-in-hand. 

Here are some feel-good food stories from our #MakeAlexsLemonade campaign:

1.    Macarons in the Afternoon  When life gives you lemons, make macarons! Nicole Macaron founder Nicole Edelstein fused her love of baking with her love of philanthropy. Nicole hosted a live macaron class to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) with delicious results. ... Read More

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