Since inception, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has been dedicated to its mission of finding better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer. Recognizing early on the role that nurses play in the quality of life and care for child patients and their families, the Foundation made a commitment to support the ideas and research of nurses, introducing the first Nurse Research Grants in 2007.
The Discovery Award, which is one of three grant categories available to nurse researchers, was created for experienced nurse researchers investigating topics and issues related to the quality of nursing care and the quality of life for children with cancer. Award recipients are required to demonstrate a career plan committed to pediatric cancer nursing. Among the topics that this year’s recipients will examine with their grants: the literacy demand and racial/ethnic influences for self-reported symptomatic adverse events during treatment; creating a smartphone application to support real time pain management for adolescents with cancer; arterial stiffness in children who recently completed cancer therapy; nitrosative stress and symptom severity during childhood leukemia treatment; and sexuality and adolescents with cancer.
“Through our daughter Alex’s own battle with childhood cancer, our family quickly learned the importance of nurses in the day to day treatment of childhood cancer patients,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “Nurses have a unique view and understanding of a young patient’s quality of care and perhaps most importantly quality of life. Through our Nursing Grants, we can enable nurses to use this knowledge to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer.”
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation 2013 Nursing Grant Recipients
Discovery Award, Independent Nurse Researcher:
Janice Wihtycombe, PhD, Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC
Evaluation of the Literacy Demand and Racial/Ethnic Influences for Self-Reported Symptomatic Adverse Events during Childhood Cancer Therapy
Jennifer Stinson, RN, PhD, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, ON
PainSquad+: A Smartphone App to Support Real-Time Pain Management for Adolescents with Cancer
Sheila Santacroce, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Arterial Stiffness in Children who Recently Completed Cancer Therapy
Marilyn Joyce Hockenberry, RN, PhD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Nitrosative Stress And Symptom Severity During Childhood Leukemia Treatment
Nancy Moules, PhD, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Sexuality and Adolescents with Cancer
About Childhood Cancer
Childhood cancer is a general term used to describe cancer in children occurring regularly, randomly and sparing no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. Childhood cancer extends to over a dozen types of cancers and a countless amount of subtypes. Just a few of these cancer types include: Ewing’s sarcoma, glioma, leukemia, lymphoma, medulloblastoma, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, retinoblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and Wilm’s tumor. In the United States, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15. Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer, accounting for 91,250 losing their lives to the disease every year.
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 $65 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 350 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.