Avenging childhood cancer abroad

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We couldn’t wait to share this story about the impact that your support of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is making not just for kids with cancer in the U.S., but as far away as Kenya. Not only does it show how a simple test can literally save the lives of children, but also demonstrates the disparity of care between children with cancer in the U.S. and those in the developing world.

Nearly 10 million children live in western Kenya, and based on the incidence of leukemia, 250 children would be expected to develop leukemia there each year. However, Dr. Terry Vik of the University of Indiana School of Medicine and his team believe that many children are never diagnosed with leukemia because of the lack of proper diagnostic testing, and die without ever having a chance to receive curative therapy. Dr. Vik was awarded an ALSF Epidemiology Grant in which he proposed to increase the detection rate of leukemia by using a simple, widely available and standard procedure used to diagnose malaria.
The project has only been underway for 8 months, and the results are pretty astounding

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