The Childhood Cancer Blog

The Childhood Cancer Blog

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

The number of children diagnosed with cancer each year, around the world, is hard to estimate. The best estimate, from the World Health Organization, is more than 400,000. But, without a comprehensive, global childhood cancer registry, knowing the true numerical impact is difficult. 

But what we do know is that childhood cancer happens everywhere. It happens in the United States and it happens in Germany and it happens in Kenya. There is not one country in the world that is untouched by childhood cancer. A study in 2017 estimated that each year cancer stole 11.5 million years of... Read More

Did you know that 70% of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) Childhood Cancer Data Lab team are currently women? Advancing our mission to empower childhood cancer researchers with knowledge, data and tools would not be possible without their expertise. 

Established in 2017, the Data Lab complements the rich ecosystem of pediatric cancer research supported by ALSF by providing open source tools and training to pediatric cancer researchers. The Data Lab fosters collaboration internationally, by leveraging the incredible expertise of... Read More

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