Lydia Sweet (graduate student), Carrie Coleman PhD,  Preeyam Patel PhD , Nick Smith (graduate student)

Members of the Rochford Lab raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. From left to right: Lydia Sweet (graduate student), Carrie Coleman PhD, Preeyam Patel PhD , Nick Smith (graduate student)

September is childhood cancer awareness month. The Rochford lab is organizing a few different events in September to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) with the goal of raising $5,000.

The primary research focus of the Rochford lab is Endemic Burkett’s Lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in Equatorial Africa. Endemic BL is linked to infection with both EBV and Plasmodium falciparum malaria.  Through a research program based in Kisumu, Kenya and in the US, the Rochford lab has uncovered a number of ways that repeated infection with P. falciparum malaria, a feature in areas where malaria transmission is holoendemic, dysregulates EBV infection and immunity, and ultimately increases the risk for Burkett’s Lymphoma in children. ALSF has previously funded some of Dr. Rochford’s work in addtion to providing support to many other labs dedicated to improving treatments and finding cures for various forms of pediatric cancer.

A bake sale held at this year’s block party at CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus was one of the fund-raising events lab members are holding for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. With help from many members of the Immunology and Microbiology Department, $500 was raised, with 100% of the proceeds going to ALSF. As part of childhood cancer awareness month, the Rochford lab is also organizing a team “Rocky Mountain Researchers” to participate in Alex’s Million Mile, a month-long event organized by ALSD, with the goal to collectively walk, run, or ride a million miles and raise $1 million. We currently have 25 team members and 742 miles logged.

Any one interested in Making a Donation or who would like to join the “Rocky Mountain Researchers” team and participate in Alex’s Million Mile event this is the team website ( There is still plenty of time to sign up and participate, you just have to join the team and log the miles you walk, run, or bike throughout the month of September.

ALSF is a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer. ALSF emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1196-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old- Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, ALSF has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.