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"The kids really liked the lemonade, and they wanted to know what is this for, and how could they get more information," Cummings said.
According to Gillian Kocher, a public-relations specialist for the foundation, money raised from last year’s Toys "R" Us fundraiser contributed to a new initiative of the foundation’s Bridge Grants. These donations provide grants to researchers in the process of reapplying for funding from the National Institutes of Health. That way, they can continue to work on their projects.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Since 2005, the foundation has raised more than $55 million.
The foundation funds more than 250 research projects nationwide.
About $2,640 was collected for the foundation from the Murray’s Toys “R” Us store lemonade stand in 2011.
The foundation also recently awarded grants to two Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers. Joshua Schiffman received $200,000 to examine general pediatric cancers, and Lisa Cannon-Albright received $100,000 to research Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer of the bone and soft tissue commonly found in childhood and early adulthood.
Kocher said the foundation is pleased to have the support from Toys "R" Us and hopes to continues the partnership in the future.
"It’s made a very big difference in propelling us in a positive direction and helping us to achieve our mission, which is to find all cures for kids with cancer," Kocher said.
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