The Childhood Cancer Blog

The Childhood Cancer Blog

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from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation!

Above, Martin Eilers, PhD from the University of Würzburg in Germany, shares his work on "Drugging MYCN" at a Crazy 8 meeting in Philadelphia. “It’s really pioneering work,” said Eilers

Martin Eilers, PhD estimates that his lab at the University of Würzburg in Germany has exchanged over 300 drug candidates across the Atlantic Ocean with labs in the United States.

“It’s a very intense, day-to-day collaboration,” said Eilers, who is part of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) Crazy 8 team studying the drugging of oncogene MYCN. Often thought of as undruggable, MYCN not only drives the development of childhood cancers like neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma, but it is... Read More

Anna Healey, pictured above, battled neuroblastoma. The cancer ultimately took her life just two months before her 10th birthday. 

ALSF-funded researcher Linda Malkas is leading an early phase adult clinical trial that holds promise for kids battling neuroblastoma and other solid tumors.

It’s 2005 when photojournalist Steve Healey is late to his appointment to photograph cancer researcher Dr. Linda Malkas at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Malkas, a native New Yorker, is really annoyed, but Steve looks distraught. Swallowing her impatience, she asks him, “Are you alright?”... Read More

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is kicking off another year of innovative pediatric oncology research with the announcement of 15 new pediatric oncology research grant awards. In 2023, ALSF funded 120 projects, bringing the total projects funded by the Foundation to over 1,500. 

“We want to live in a world where children never die from cancer,” said Dr. Loren Walensky, from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Walensky received one of the 13 Innovation Grants awarded in this last grant cycle. The... Read More