Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Lia Gore, MD Awarded $625,000 For Her Innovative Cancer Research

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation selects Children’s Colorado for infrastructure support grant to advance the search for pediatric cancer cures

 

Aurora, CO (January 29, 2014) – In an effort to bring the latest treatments to more children with cancer now, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has announced the award of a new Phase I/II Infrastructure Grant to Dr. Lia Gore of Children’s Hospital Colorado. The grant, which is intended to accelerate early phase research efforts, increase patient participation and speed up completion of studies, will provide $625,000 over the course of five years to Dr. Gore. Additionally, to sustain the momentum, at the close of the initial five-year grant period, the Foundation will match the project’s institutional fundraising for a subsequent five years.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary at Children’s Colorado, the Experimental Therapeutics Program (ETP) within the Center for Cancer for Blood Disorders was the brain child of Dr. Lia Gore. ETP was created to support the development of and enhance access to the most promising new cancer therapies for children, adolescents and young adults.

“Unfortunately, for some with very difficult-to-treat cancers, standard therapy is ineffective,” said grant recipient Lia Gore, MD. “We are the only program of this type in a 12-state region. We conduct phase I and II trials of new cancer treatments that are promising in early studies, but not yet widely available.

Since its inception, ETP has drawn patients from 40 states and 19 foreign countries for consultation and treatment and has one of the largest and most active phase I portfolios in North America.

"We are deeply grateful to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Scott family for their investment in our program,” said Gore. “From the beginning, we have worked to provide the best care and treatment options to our patients. This extraordinary funding will allow us to increase our work and bring new, exciting therapies to the children and families who need these promising options most. We can expand our reach both scientifically and with human capital, and this translates directly into innovative, high-quality care for patients.”

The primary focus of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has always been to find better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer. While doctors and researchers work to find these advancements, the Foundation is dedicated to speeding up the process of clinical trials, and working to provide more access for patients in need. With funding from the Infrastructure Grants, hospitals and institutions are able to employ essential support personnel specifically focused on providing this imperative access to clinical trials and in turn bring the latest treatments to more children.

“When my daughter Alex was battling neuroblastoma, the traditional treatment protocol proved to be ineffective,” said Jay Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “It was through access to the latest treatments in clinical trial that Alex was able to survive to the age of 8 and create what has now become a leading national nonprofit to find cures for all kids with cancer.”

Grants will also be extended to Robin Norris, MD at CASE Western Reserve University; Julia Glade-Bender, MD at Columbia University Medical Center; Timothy Cripe, MD/PhD at Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Julie Park at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center; and Regina Jakacki, MD at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

About Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually acknowledged as one of the nation’s outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked 7th on its Best Children’s Hospitals 2013-14 Honor Roll, Children’s Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research, education and advocacy programs, as well as comprehensive everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children’s Colorado also is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. The hospital’s family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation’s top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. With urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its main campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Colorado provides a full spectrum of pediatric specialties. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org and connect with Children’s Colorado on , and Pinterest.

 

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). 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. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $75 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 375 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

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