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St. Baldrick’s Foundation Awards $2.1 Million in Pediatric Oncology Research Grants

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to announce its latest cycle of pediatric oncology research grants. This fall, the Foundation will award more than $2.1 million to institutions across the U.S. These grants provide resources to institutions enabling them to conduct more research and enroll more kids in ongoing clinical trials. This series of grants, combined with the more than $23 million awarded in July to fund cutting-edge research, brings the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s funding total to more than $25 million awarded in 2012.

Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive, making the Foundation’s efforts to conquer childhood cancers critical. Through the vigorous efforts of volunteers and supporters in the U.S. and around the world, the Foundation is honored to award these grants, and recognizes the extreme importance of infrastructure grants to help find cures.

“These grants are special because they allow the Foundation to give much needed support to institutions in local areas where St. Baldrick’s participation is strong,” said Becky Weaver, chief philanthropy officer for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “Our spring grants fund the best specific hypothesis-driven research projects, based on scientific review. These fall grants support the staff and resources that local institutions need in order to be able to participate in more research – and to offer their patients the most cutting-edge treatments that are often available only through clinical trials. Especially during this time of federal budget cuts, this support is crucial.”

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 events.

St. Baldrick’s infrastructure grants were distributed to the following institutions:

  • Advocate Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill.
  • Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y.
  • Alliance for Childhood Diseases, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Children’s Hospital Central California, Madera, Calif.
  • Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, Va.
  • Children’s Hospital University of Missouri Health Sciences Center, Columbia, Mo.
  • Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C.
  • Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, N.J.
  • Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center – Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, Wis.
  • Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (Dartmouth), Lebanon, N.H.
  • Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami, Miami, Fla.
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y.
  • Pediatric Cancer Translational Genomics Research Conference 2014
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center at the University of California San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
  • Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, R.I.
  • Saint Louis University, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Spectrum Health Hospitals, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Stony Brook University Medical Center, The Research Foundation of SUNY, Stony Brook, N.Y.
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
  • Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, La.
  • University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, Colo.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago with Rush Medical Center and John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Ill.
  • University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
  • Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer Clinic (Baylor), Houston, Texas
  • Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.

To locate or organize an event in your community, sign-up to shave, donate or volunteer, visit StBaldricks.org. You can also become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and visit the Foundation’s YouTube and Vimeo channels.

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. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $100 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. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.


Source: Business Wire (November 29, 2012 - 2:43 PM EST)

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