Alex’s Lemonade Stand supports KC childhood cancer research

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You can buy a cup of lemonade and support kids’ cancer research Friday and Saturday. Alex’s Lemonade Stand will be held at area Hy-Vee stores.

Malina Cole’s family and Noah Wilson’s family met in April at Children’s Mercy Hospital. They’ve been there a lot since.

“The doctors help me,” said 6-year-old Noah.

Noah and Malina, who’s 21 months old, are two of the two hundred kids in the U.S. who are diagnosed each year with Ewing’s Sarcoma, one of the more difficult childhood cancers. It’s in bone and soft tissue. Noah’s cancer was found in his upper spine after he had back pain.

“My gut always thought it was a herniated disc or something. We had never considered cancer,” said Scott Wilson, Noah’s father.

Malina’s cancer was found in the lower spine.

“You don’t ever think your child is going to be the one,” said Amanda Cole, Malina’s mother.

Dr. Glen Samuel says scans are the only way now to monitor the cancer and see if chemotherapy and other treatments have helped. It’s very subjective.

“One person can say the tumor is bigger. One person can say the tumor looks the same. One person can say it looks smaller,” said Dr. Samuel.

That’s why the Children’s Mercy doctor and researchers at K.U. Cancer Center are working to develop a blood test to track Ewing’s Sarcoma.

“To see if it’s shrinking or not getting better,” said the researcher.

It would help doctors know if a child needs more or less of a treatment or a different treatment.

Malina and Noah gave blood for the research. Dr. Samuel received $100,000 from Alex’s Lemonade Stand for the project. Metro residents now have the chance to give more for groundbreaking research.

“Your heart and your soul wants to do everything you can to help promote that and give back,” said Noah’s father.

So there will be cures for Malina and Noah and other kids with cancer.

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