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University of Virginia Researcher Receives Large Grant

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John Bushweller accepts a check from Alex's Lemonade Stand John Bushweller accepts a check from Alex's Lemonade Stand
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A well known pediatric cancer charity gave one University of Virginia researcher a big grant Monday. 

Alex's Lemonade Stand presented UVA's John Bushweller with a check for $250,000. He plans to use that money to explore and develop new precision medicine treatments for children with cancer. 

“It targets one specific protein that we know is a causative agent for a number of types of pediatric cancer, so we think if we can turn that protein off that that will kill these cancers,” said Bushweller.

 Bushweller is hopeful his more targeted approach will also lead to less long-term side effects of treatment.