UF researcher receives $250,000 grant to combat pediatric cancer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- A UF pediatric researcher received a quarter of a million dollars from a national non-profit.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation awarded Dr. Catherine Flores with the Innovation Grant.

The two-year grant will help her research into the use of stem cell therapy to fight against brain tumors in children.

"The diagnosis of a tumor is life-changing for not only the patient but their families, their caregivers, and the people around them. We are honored through awards such as this to be able to try to make a difference and make an impact in those lives," said Flores.

The local chapter of Alex's Lemonade Stand hosts a gala each year in Gainesville to raise money for the research to fight childhood cancer.

This year's gala is set for October.