Sanford-Burnham, UCSD researchers get grants for work in children’s cancers
Robert Wechsler-Reya, Ph.D., of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and Alice Yu of UCSD are among this year’s recipients of grants from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for all children with cancer.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front-yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who died when she was 8. In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. The idea has evolved into a national nonprofit started by her parents.
The foundation recently announced nearly $4 million in new medical research grants to 29 institutions and universities in 16 states across the country, totaling 40 new grants. In addition to awarding grants to doctors and researchers at leading hospitals and institutions nationwide, the foundation will also release grants to medical and graduate students for the first time in 2011.
The foundation strives to fund research projects that focus on all types of childhood cancers, not just the type that Alex had. Within the scope of the 2011 pediatric oncology grants are projects focusing on brain tumors, medulloblastoma, leukemias, neuroblastoma, atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors and rhabdomyosarcoma, among others.
For information go to www.alexslemonade.org/.
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