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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will continue to pursue better treatments and cures for this deadly disease that most often affects children under 4 years old.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - December 10, 2020 – In its continued commitment to advancing childhood cancer research through collaboration, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is welcoming to the family The Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) Foundation. ALSF will continue the vital work to discover cures for this disease that its founder, Fred Dini, started.
Since its founding in 2004, The JMML Foundation’s mission was to find cures for JMML, a disease that most commonly affects kids under the age of 4. Their aim was to improve the quality of life for JMML patients and their families through research, education, advocacy and charity. That goal will persevere under ALSF’s own mission to find cures for all kids with cancer.
"Being a part of the ALSF family means leveraging their network of resources to boost awareness of JMML,” said Kelli Barnes, Vice President of The JMML Foundation. “We are thrilled that ALSF has agreed to continue our mission and help reach more families and professionals interested in finding cures for this disease that has affected so many kids."
ALSF will assume control of The JMML Foundation’s assets and coordinate their existing JMML Annual Researcher Summit. This conference brings the leading JMML researchers from across the globe to establish an international scientific forum, driven by a focus on the JMML disease and not by country or institutional goals, that combines clinical, basic and translational research in order to improve survivability among JMML patients.
“We are honored to continue the lasting impact that The JMML Foundation had for all families fighting this disease,” said Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of ALSF. “Their commitment to funding research and encouraging collaboration between researchers is a legacy we look forward to advancing for years to come.”
Under ALSF, The JMML Annual Researcher Summit continued with its yearly meeting held on December 3, 2020. For more information about JMML and how you can help, go to AlexsLemonade.org/JMML.
About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada raising more than $200 million so far, funding over 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.
About Childhood Cancer
Childhood cancer is a general term used to describe cancer in children occurring regularly, randomly and sparing no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. Childhood cancer extends to over a dozen types of cancers and a countless amount of subtypes. Just a few of these cancer types include: Ewing sarcoma, glioma, leukemia, lymphoma, medulloblastoma, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, retinoblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and Wilms’ tumor. In the United States, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 19.