Bear Discoveries

At Bear Necessities, our ultimate vision is a world without pediatric cancer. In addition to our wrap-around services that directly support families, we proudly partner with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, to support cutting-edge pediatric cancer research. The Foundation is the only childhood cancer research organization that has been given the National Cancer Institute peer-reviewed funder designation for rigorous selection of research grants. Alex’s Lemonade Stand is also named one of Charity Navigator’s “10 Best Medical Research Organizations” in the U.S.

Since our partnership began in 2022, Bear Necessities has contributed $200,000 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to elevate our mission while combining critical resources to make an even greater impact in the search to find a cure for pediatric cancer.

Research Funding From 2018-2019

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Chapel Hill, NC – Gianpetro Dotti, M.D. “Targeting Chondroitin Sulphate Ptroteoglycan 4 (CSPG4) in Gliblastoma”

The Rockefeller University

New York, NY – Sanford Simon, Ph.D. “Effect of oncogenic kinase on the liver cells in fibrolamellar”

University of California San Francisco

San Francisco, CA – Benjamin Braun, M.D., Ph.D. “Defeating Intrinsic Resistance to MEK Inhibitation in Rhabdomyosarcoma”

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY – Xingguo Li, Ph.D. “PRMT1 as a Therapeutic Target in Neuroblastoma”

Yale University

New Haven, CT – Xiaolei Su, Ph.D. “Molecular Mechanism of Chimeric Antigen Receptor Signaling”

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL – Jianping Li, Postdoctoral Fellow “The role of NSD2 mutation in therapy resistance in childhood ALL”

University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA – Hanna Mikkola, M.D., Ph. D. “Enhancing human hematopoietic stem cell self-renewal for transplantation”

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