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Kira Bona, MD

‘It’s not an even playing field’

January 30, 2017
An emerging area of research explores the impact of poverty and financial hardship on care and outcomes for children with cancer, WBUR reports.
Galindo News

A new, faster route for pediatric clinical trials

July 13, 2010
Researchers hoping to test promising cancer therapies for children now have an easier way to navigate the forest of funding applications, regulatory rules, hiring procedures, review boards, statistical services, and other logistical requirements.

A Young Cancer Patient’s Take on “The Fault in Our Stars”

June 21, 2014
Anya Harp, a 13-year-old leukemia patient, saw the hit movie “The Fault in Our Stars” and describes her reaction to it in The Boston Globe.
Support for cancer survivors

After Cancer, Fertility Is Often Within Reach

September 24, 2013
Lisa Diller, chief medical officer of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s, comments in the New York Times on the surprisingly good odds women who had cancer in childhood have of eventually conceiving even if they’d tried unsuccessfully for a year to get pregnant.
Leonard Zon, MD

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation awards $4.95 million to Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s researchers as part of its Crazy 8 Initiative to advance pediatric cancer research

March 16, 2021
The grant was given to Leonard Zon, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital who will collaborate extensively with other scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, including Scott A. Armstrong, MD, PhD; Vijay G. Sankaran, MD, PhD; Fernando Camargo, PhD; and Serine Avagyan, MD, PhD.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation awards $1.75 million grant to Dana-Farber Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

January 30, 2013
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is furthering its commitment to finding cures for all kids with cancer by introducing the ALSF Centers of Excellence program. Dana-Farber Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is one of the first three institutions to be named as a Center of Excellence and will receive funding of $350,000 per year, renewable annually for up to five years for a total of $1.75 million. The other recipients are Baylor College of Medicine and the University of California San Francisco.

Alisha’s Strength Drives Cancer Fight

February 11, 2014
In October 2012 doctors in Dublin told a young Irish couple that the reason their daughter’s head suddenly tilted to one side, the reason she began to stagger and vomit, was that an extremely rare form of cancer had invaded her brain, the Boston Herald reports. In February 2014 the family brought their 3-year-old daughter to Boston for treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s.
basic necessities

Almost 1/3 of Families of Children with Cancer Have Unmet Basic Needs During Treatment

September 23, 2015
Almost one-third of families whose children were being treated for cancer faced food, housing or energy insecurity and one-quarter lost more than 40 percent of household income, according to a new study from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer, follows emerging research in pediatric oncology finding that low-income status predicts poor adherence to oral chemotherapy and decreased overall survival.
brain tumor patient Allison

Amazing Allison: A young 'pioneer' and the Boston doctors who saved her

March 21, 2016
WBZ-TV anchor Lisa Hughes reports on a young brain tumor patient who became the first child on a targeted therapy trial for an adult skin cancer. Allison's tumors had stopped responding to treatment, but two months after starting the precision medicine, her tumors disappeared.
Amazon donation

Amazon surprises Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s with a $500,000 donation during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 28, 2020
The gift will support pediatric research, holiday gifts, and virtual events for pediatric patients and their families as part of the company’s global Amazon Goes Gold campaign during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
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