Myla’s Story – Dancing After Leukemia

Seven-year-old Myla has always been a kind-hearted, active kid. She enjoys being silly, care-free and playing with her friends. So when her mom, Katie, noticed lumps on her daughter’s neck at a birthday party, she rushed her to urgent care as soon as she could.   Doctors ruled out strep throat and mono, and sent Myla home while they investigated …

Fewer side-effects and no relapse – A leukemia researcher’s goal

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Today, when a child is diagnosed with leukemia, they’re told they are in for a long battle. Those years will include toxic treatments that can leave them with lifelong late effects. And for kids with a particularly rare form of leukemia, that’s all for a survival rate that is just a little better than a 6-in-10 chance of long-term survival. …

Harriet’s fight against leukemia

Harriet’s fight against leukemiaPreschooler Harriet had a tough year, but your unwavering support of research really lifts her family up, giving them hope as they enter a fresh year. DONATE

Cash’s Story – Fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

“It’s an immediate life change,” Mona said. “There’s so much information being thrown at you at one time, and Cash was asking questions like why he couldn’t eat, when could we go home… he didn’t really understand what it all meant.” Three-year-old Cash has always been an active toddler – he played baseball and soccer, and was taking swimming and …

An “Achilles Heel” for Mixed-Lineage Leukemia

Maxim Pimkin, MD, PhD at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston is exploring how depleting two proteins in the body could save children with an especially dangerous kind of leukemia. Research helps kids like Harriet, who is fighting leukemia. Click to read “Spicy One -Harriet’s Story.” The problem Research has progressed exceedingly for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), but patients …

Targeting ‘undruggable’ leukemia proteins

Ani Deshpande, PhD at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in California is working to target previously ‘undruggable’ proteins in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The problem: Research helps kids like Liam, who is fighting ALL. Click to read “Leukemia and Lightsabers – Liam’s Story.” Some types of childhood leukemia have two genes that fuse together to form a cancer-causing fusion protein. …

Treating Leukemia with Microbubbles

Texas Caroline de Gracia Lux , PhD at the University of Texas, Southwestern in Texas will use novel ultrasound technology to make acute lymphoblastic leukemia CAR-T cell treatment less toxic and improve the quality of life during treatment.  The problem: Currently, CAR T-cell immunotherapy is the best way to cure relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia, one of the most common cancers in …

Targeting Chemoresistant Leukemia Cells

Sometimes, leukemia cancer cells are so powerful they can overcome the most potent of chemotherapies. Because of support in part by Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s donors, Peter Gordon, MD, PhD, an oncologist and researcher at the University of Minnesota, and his team could explore the reasons this happens, opening potential new avenues for treatment options for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) …

Leukemia and Lightsabers – Liam’s Story

Plenty of 5-year-old boys get bumps and scrapes, but when Kristy started noticing more bruises than normal on her son Liam, she mentioned it to his doctor. After checking the levels in his blood, Liam’s doctor told Kristy that something was definitely off. Kristy’s heart sank. Kristy and her husband Stan took Liam to the hospital that day. After more …

Leukemia

Leukemia and other diseases of the blood and bone marrow may affect red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Treatment for children with leukemia is tailored to each child, depending on their illness. Chemotherapy and radiation are often used. At times, a blood or marrow transplantation (BMT) may be recommended.