ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A local researcher has been named the recipient of the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's 'A' Award.
Dr. Grant Challen, Ph.D. of Washington University, has been given the award, which helps start the careers of pediatric cancer scientists.
The award consists of $375,000 to go toward Dr. Challen's research of Acute lympholastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of cancer in children.
Dr. Challen's research focuses on patients who are diagnosed with ALL from dysfunctional T-cells. Those cases account of 15 percent of newly diagnosed cases, and patients often have a poor prognosis.
Three other scientists were also given 'A' Awards: Christopher Vakoc, M.D./Ph.D. of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Roland Walter, M.D., Ph.D. of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and Myron Ignatius, Ph.D. of Massachusetts General.
The 'A' Award was created in 2009 to encourage pediatric cancer research.