Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) has partnered with The ChadTough Foundation to support research in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG). ALSF and ChadTough share a vision of funding childhood cancer research to ultimately find cures for all children with cancer. 

The ChadTough Foundation will be supporting two grants with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation:

  1. Innovation Grant for Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Heyer of University of California
  2. Research Grant for Dr. Eric Raabe of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Heyer, University of California
Dr. Heyer’s study aims to create a drug for high-grade brain cancers that differentiates cancer cells from normal cells by targeting biological processes unique to cancer cells in a specific patient. This strategy of personalized, or precision medicine, creates a situation that kills only tumor cells, but not normal cells.


Dr. Eric Raabe, John Hopkins University, School of Medicine 
Dr. Eric Raabe anticipates finding new drugs that can be combined with the drug TAK228 in phase II studies for patients with relapsed or refractory pediatric brain tumors.