Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Announces 2016 Reach Grant Recipients

Bala Cynwyd-based Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will merge with I Care I Cure, a Florida-based nonprofit, to jointly continue their battle against childhood cancer.

alsfsquareFour childhood cancer researchers at three leading institutions across the country have been awarded Reach Grants this year by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, the Bala Cynwyd nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for cancer in children.

The goal of the Reach Grant, which provides the recipient with $250,000 over two years, is to support cancer therapy research that looks likely to result in clinical trials within two to three years.

The grants were awarded to Patrick Zweidler-McKay of MD Anderson Cancer Center  for a potential new treatment for protein-driven acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients, while Michael Engel from the University of Utah received his for the development of a new treatment option for patients with T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma.

Michael D. Hogarty and John Maris of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia also received a grant each to study a new neuroblastoma drug for use in combination with chemotherapy and immunotherapy and for a new targeted radiation therapy to help children with relapsed neuroblastoma respectively.

“Traditional treatment protocols can fail many children fighting childhood cancer,” said Jay Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “We are dedicated to bringing promising research forward from the lab to the clinic.”

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