Phoenix Ho receives two-year, $50,000 award from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Dr. Phoenix Ho of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Clinical Research Division has won a two-year $50,000 Young Investigator Award from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. ALSF provides critical startup funds to help new researchers and physicians pursue promising ideas in pediatric oncology.

Ho, a pediatric oncology research associate, the grant will support his study in exploiting WT1 genomic alterations for target identification and MRD monitoring in pediatric AML.

The award is part of 48 new ALSF medical research grants totaling more than $4 million to doctors and researchers at institutions nationwide. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year old Alexandra “Alex” Scott. In 2000, after receiving a stem-cell transplant for neuroblastoma, she wanted to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Alex’s first stand generated $2,000. Before she died at age 8, her annual stands had raised more than $1 million. To date, Alex’s nonprofit has raised more than 55 million and funded more than 250 research projects in the U.S. and Canada.

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