TUCSON, Ariz. – The diagnosis of childhood cancer is a devastating one. It not only creates physical and mental hardships for the child, but also requires their family to suddenly cope with the demands of a life-threatening illness. Unfortunately, there are few interventions designed to improve these situations.
Gloanna Peek, MSN, RN, CPNP, a nursing professor and a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, recently was awarded a Young Investigator Award Mentored Research Grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). ALSF is a non-profit charity dedicated to raising money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures. The Mentored Research grant is a two-year award, providing $5,000 per year.
This award is Ms. Peek’s first research grant. “I am honored to have received my first research grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation,” she stated. The award will allow her to begin her research career and help complete her dissertation for a PhD in nursing. The study will focus on the examination of a theory-based educational intervention aimed at decreasing stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms in parents of children newly diagnosed with cancer.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a non-profit organization named for Alexandra Scott, a Connecticut native who died of pediatric cancer at the age of eight in 2004. ALSF funds both medical and nursing research that aims to find better treatments and cures for all childhood cancer.
Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu.