St. Baldrick's Foundation Awards $2.2 Million in Pediatric Oncology Research Grants
10/29/2013 | 02:33pm CET
Infrastructure grants provide funding to help treat more kids through
Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity
dedicated to raising money for childhood
cancer research, is proud to announce that its latest cycle of
pediatric oncology research grants have totaled more than $2.2 million
to fund 39 institutions across the U.S. These infrastructure
grants provide resources to institutions enabling them to conduct
more research and enroll more children in ongoing clinical trials. This
series of grants, combined with the more than $22 million awarded in
July to fund cutting-edge research, brings the St. Baldrick's
Foundation's funding total to more than $24.5 million awarded in 2013.
Worldwide a child
is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five
children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. A recent study shows
that of those that survive, 80 percent will suffer from severe or
life-threatening conditions as a result of treatment. It is because of
these startling realities that the St. Baldrick's Foundation continues
to fund the most promising
research initiatives and is dedicated to its mission to find cures
and provide kids with less toxic treatments, ensuring a healthier life
"While fewer than 5 percent of adults with cancer participate in a
clinical trial, more than 60 percent of childhood cancer patients
receive their treatment as part of a clinical trial, designed to offer
the best cutting-edge treatment or one that may be better than today's
standard," said Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer for the St.
Baldrick's Foundation. "The St. Baldrick's Foundation is proud to fund
this latest round of infrastructure grants, many of which will make more
clinical trials available for children closer to their homes. This
offers today's patients more hope and tomorrow's patients more progress
Grants were awarded based on the need of the institution and its
patients, anticipated results of the grant and local participation in
St. Baldrick's fundraising events and activities.
St. Baldrick's infrastructure grants were distributed to the
The Children's Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center,
Children's Hospital Central California, Madera, Calif.
Children's Hospital & Research Center, Oakland, Calif.
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
The Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.*
Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, Conn.
University of Miami, Miami, Fla.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.
Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Ga.*
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, Ill.
University of Illinois - Chicago/Rush/Stroger Medical Centers,
Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa*
University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.
Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, La.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
Alliance for Childhood Diseases, Las Vegas, Nev.
Saint Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
Albany Medical Center, Albany, N.Y.
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, N.Y.
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck, N.D.*
Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio*
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic, McAllen,
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Norfolk, Va.
Sage Bionetworks, Seattle, Wash.*
St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, Wis.*
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)
Grupo América Latina de Oncología Pediátrica (GALOP)*
*Receiving a direct St. Baldrick's Foundation grant for the first
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About St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to
funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers
and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick's coordinates
its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect
pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer,
raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded
more than $127 million to support lifesaving research, making the
Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research
grants. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant
childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger
professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also
enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national
pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar
grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more
information about the St. Baldrick's Foundation please call
1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.
For St. Baldrick?s Foundation
Jayme Owen, 919-334-3779
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