As one of the first International Scholars funded by St. Baldrick’s, Dr. Lubega will save the lives of countless children with cancer in his homeland of Uganda. Not only that, he is paying it forward by starting the first program in Sub-Saharan Africa to train doctors in pediatric oncology in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
Every year, as we sit to write to all of you, we are overwhelmed by what has been accomplished thanks to your participation, donations and advocacy.
Research moves at its own pace. Though there is always advancement, life-changing breakthroughs are more elusive and therefore must be celebrated loudly when they are found.
The FDA’s approval of Kymriah is one of the most exciting developments in the medical world in general and specifically in the childhood cancer community you care so much about. It is the first of its kind, a living drug that has the ability to target only the cancerous cells, leaving normal tissue unharmed during treatment. Given to patients for whom no other treatment options remain, to date, 83% of patients receiving this therapy have gone into remission and two-thirds remain so one year out. More children will live because you contributed to this research.
We also saw a major milestone achieved in our advocacy work when the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever to be introduced in Congress passed the House of Representatives. The Survivorship Treatment Access and Research (STAR) Act is a bill that addresses some of the major issues facing the childhood cancer community. The STAR Act was reintroduced this year. We hope Congress will pass it by the time this report is published to help children with cancer both survive and thrive. We urge you to contact your senators and affirm your support of this profoundly important legislation.
Finally, the board voted to begin the process of developing a five-year strategic plan for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Our intention is to ensure we can continue expanding our ability to fund the very best research, no matter where it is taking place, and to seek out new partners with whom we can work to grow the amount of funds dedicated to childhood cancer research. We look forward to sharing more with you as we continue developing the plan.
Thank you for your commitment to taking childhood back from cancer.
Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer
Board of Directors
Mike McCreesh, Chair
John R. Bender | Amy Bucher | Bill Gerber | Tim Kenny* | Jeffrey M. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D. | Katherine Lugar | Chris Lynch | Enda McDonnell | Kathleen Ruddy
*Treasurer | Secretary, Rebecca Chapman Weaver
Board Members Emeritus
Joe Bartlett | Charles M. Chamness | Francis Feeney | Tom Leonhardt | John McKenna
Forever in Our Hearts
Robert J. Arceci, M.D., Ph.D.
Your Dollars at Work
In fiscal year 2016–2017, you raised $39 million
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation remains committed to fiscal responsibility and transparency.
Every dollar we spend goes to:
- find cures for childhood cancers — our mission
- maximize our fundraising
- improve the effectiveness of our organization
And of course, every dollar spent on fundraising and administration is with the goal of having more for the mission!
The expense ratio varies each year not only due to changing expenses, but also according to the amount raised by our volunteers.
Look how far we've come.
Five Year Growth Chart (In Millions)
Statement of Activities
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017
Total Revenue, Gains and Support$39,133,671
- Program (childhood cancer research grants, advocacy) $30,537,369
- Fundraising (website, t-shirts, posters, credit card processing fees, etc.) $10,506,951
- Management and general (human resources, accounting, audit fees, etc.) $1,402,437
Total Functional Expenses$42,446,757
- Change in net assets ($3,313,086)
- Net assets, beginning of year $18,708,241
- Net assets, end of year $15,395,155
Due to the compelling quality of the research grant applications this spring, St. Baldrick’s elected to fund the entirety of the scientifically recommended grants resulting in a decrease in net assets for this fiscal year.
An independent audit of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has been performed by Armanino, LLP. A copy of the full financial statements is available at StBaldricks.org/financials. We will also gladly send a copy by mail upon request. Please contact Anja Kloch at 626.792.8247, ext. 268 or Anja.Kloch@StBaldricks.org. All funds reflected on this page are listed in U.S. dollars.
Thanks to the following companies for their generous support:
Accomplishments You Made Possible
With your support, this has been another year of making great strides toward St. Baldrick’s mission. Our research grants and advocacy efforts focus on finding better cures so kids diagnosed with cancer can live long, healthy lives.
Cooperative Research (Children’s Oncology Group)
1 grant: $6,045,000
St. Baldrick’s — Stand Up to Cancer Dream Team
1 grant: $1,000,000
Consortium Research Grants
2 grants: $928,446
9 new grants to continuing Consortia: $4,261,154
20 grants: $2,013,370
Supportive Care Research Grants
7 grants: $346,701
St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellows
21 grants: $105,000
St. Baldrick’s Fellows
11 grants: $2,008,454
3 new awards for continuing Fellows: $290,775
St. Baldrick’s Scholars
12 grants: $3,257,211
18 new awards for existing Scholars: $1,847,353
1 grant: $330,000
3 new awards for existing International Scholars: $345,000
36 grants: $2,134,993
International Beneficiaries and Partners
12 grants: $629,955
St. Baldrick’s Foundation Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award
1 grant: $750,000
St. Baldrick’s Foundation Robert J. Arceci International Innovation Award
1 grant: $750,000
St. Baldrick's Foundation Innovation Award
2 grants: $300,000
New funds committed July 2016 through June 2017
In Case You Missed It
St. Baldrick’s researchers liken themselves to Ewoks battling the Death Star, otherwise known as a medulloblastoma, a brain tumor. They discovered that removing a particular protein makes these tumors vulnerable to attack. With a new immunotherapy treatment, the Death Star cannot put up a shield anymore and Luke Skywalker (the child’s own immune system) can go in there and blow it up.
Dr. Stegmaier was already a pioneer in childhood cancer research, recognized for her creativity and innovation in the laboratory, when she received the unique St. Baldrick’s Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award. She now has the freedom to pursue any research she thinks will lead to the next new discovery to help kids survive cancer. Dr. Arceci, the award’s namesake, would be proud.
For children diagnosed with some types of cancer — like DIPG, a type of brain tumor — there is currently no hope for a cure. That’s devastating for everyone involved, and it’s why St. Baldrick’s Fellow Dr. Adam Green is working so hard to discover new therapies.
Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia have had no hope for a cure if standard treatments do not knock the disease into remission. When four-year-old Phineas faced this, his parents had already lost one child to cancer. But because of a new immunotherapy clinical trial supported by St. Baldrick’s, Phineas is now a cancer-free nine-year-old.
The STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill to ever hit Capitol Hill, passed the House in late 2016 and was quickly reintroduced in 2017 to get passed by full Congress this year. This bill has one of the largest numbers of co-sponsors in both the House and Senate in 2017, and with this support, we hope this important bill passes this year.
Because of your advocacy, Congress approved the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA), which includes crucial components of the Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity (RACE) for Children Act. This critical measure has the potential to greatly boost research into new drugs for pediatric cancer and yield higher cure rates, shorter treatment periods and less toxic therapies — possibly saving many lives.
Because of You
Whether you’ve shaved your head, donated, volunteered, organized an event, biked across the country to raise crucial funds or advocated on Capitol Hill, St. Baldrick’s couldn’t do it without you — over 41,000 people shaved their head at 1,179 events. And, with over 413,000 donors we raised $39 million to support the best childhood cancer research.
And for that, we are so very grateful!
Because of your support for St. Baldrick’s advocacy efforts, federal dollars for cancer research have increased slightly this year through the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. For the first time in summer of 2017, scientists were able to apply for new pediatric cancer funding as a result.
Partnerships Ensure Research Dollars Are Amplified
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation invites like-minded charities to fund or co-fund research projects approved through our highly respected scientific review process. This results in a more efficient use of resources for grant applicants, scientific reviewers and partnering foundations by avoiding duplication of efforts. Funding partners enable more highly impactful research to be funded, and by joining forces, we stand stronger as champions for childhood cancer research. Below is our list of current partners.
The Combat for a Cure Foundation
Supporting advocacy, raising awareness and funding targeted, specific childhood cancer research.
The Dorian J. Murray Foundation
Supporting awareness, educating people about childhood cancer, providing financial aid to families and funding research.
Ethan Jostad Foundation
Providing financial and emotional support to children and families fighting cancer and funding of research; funded a Scholar at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Supporting awareness, funding research and providing financial assistance to families in central New York; generously supported a Scholar at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Love Your Melon
Supporting childhood cancer research organizations and giving a hat to every child battling cancer; funded a research grant at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Making Headway Foundation
Providing care and comfort to children with spinal cord and brain tumors; funding research and supporting a continuum of care services.
McKenna Claire Foundation
Raising awareness, increasing community involvement and funding DIPG research; generously supported a research grant at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Painting the Town Gold
Raising awareness and funds for research with events in the communities of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, IL, throughout the month of September.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Generating broad-based support for research and raising awareness of cancer; co-funding a Scholar at the University of Virginia.
Supporting the funding of innovative research and clinical trials to find new cures for the deadliest cancers; funding a Scholar at Stanford University.
Tough Like Ike
Raising awareness and funds for research of leukemia and other childhood cancers in order to find new cures; generously supported a Fellow at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Our thanks to the 2017 Ambassadors for sharing their triumphs and challenges throughout the year. Their strength, dedication and service are an inspiration.
In the 2016–2017 fiscal year, Hero Funds raised over $2.6 million.
Hero Funds offer families an opportunity to join forces with St. Baldrick’s to fund the world’s best childhood cancer research while honoring a loved one. Families have access to our exceptional fundraising tools and highly-respected grantmaking program. Because of this support, each Hero Fund can cast a wider fundraising net to raise much-needed dollars for childhood cancer research. Our sincere thanks to the following Hero Funds that were active by during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.
- Aiden's Army Fund in memory of Aiden Binkley — funding the Aiden’s Army Fund St. Baldrick’s Research Grant at Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute
- Alan's Sarcoma Research Fund in memory of Alan Sanders
- A.L.L. Heroes Fund in honor of Connor Benjamin
- Amanda Rozman Pediatric Cancer Research Fund in memory of Amanda Rozman — generously supporting a St. Baldrick’s Research Grant at the University of California San Francisco
- Bianka's Butterfly Fund for PNET Brain Tumor Research in memory of Bianka Kucelin
- Be Brooks Brave Fund in memory of Brooks Blackmore
- Ben's Green Drakkoman Fund in memory of Ben Stowell — funding the Ben’s Green Drakkoman Fund St. Baldrick’s Research Grant at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Ben’s Green Drakkoman Fund St. Baldrick’s Scholar at Boston Children’s Hospital
- Daniel the Brave Fund in memory of Daniel Gomez
- David’s Warriors in memory of David Heard — funding the David’s Warriors St. Baldrick’s Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine
- Derick the Defeater Fund in memory of Derick Palmer
- Do It For Dominic in memory of Dominic Cairo — funding the Do It For Dominic St. Baldrick’s Scholar at the Research Foundation for SUNY, University of Buffalo
- Ella's Love Heals A.L.L. in honor of Eleanor Seigel
- For Eva Jane and All the Others in honor of Eva Bolls
- For the Love of Jack in honor of Jack Tweedy
- Georgia and the Peachy Keens Hero Fund in honor of Georgia Moore — funding the Georgia and the Peachy Keens St. Baldrick’s Supportive Care Research Grant at UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Glen Parker Bayne Fund in honor of Glen Parker Bayne
- Hannah’s Heroes in honor of Hannah Meeson — funding the Hannah’s Heroes St. Baldrick’s Scholar at Dana Faber Cancer Institute
- Henry Cermak Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research in memory of Henry Cermak — generously supporting a St. Baldrick’s Scholar at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
- Hope for Daisy Research Fund for Pediatric Brain Tumors in honor of Daisy Walsh
- Hope From Harper in memory of Harper Wehneman
- Invictus Fund in memory of Holden Gilkinson — funding the Invictus Fund St. Baldrick’s Scholar at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Jack’s Pack — We Still Have His Back in memory of Jack Klein — funding the Jack’s Pack — We Still Have His Back St. Baldrick’s Scholar at Weill Medical College of Cornell University
- JJ’s Angels in memory of Juliana LaMonica
- Just Do It … and be done with it in honor of Sara Martorano and all children battling cancer — generously supporting a St. Baldrick’s Consortium Grant led by researchers at the University of Chicago
- Kai Slockers Pediatric Cancer Research Fund in memory of Kai Slockers
- Living for Luker in memory of Luke Pollok
- Luke's Army Pediatric Cancer Research Fund in memory of Luke Ungerer
- MaxLove Project Fund in honor of Max Wilford — funding the MaxLove Project Fund St. Baldrick’s Supportive Care Research Grant at the National Cancer Institute and the MaxLove Project Fund St. Baldrick’s Supportive Care Research Grant at Johns Hopkins University-School of Medicine
- Mighty Micah's Mission Fund in honor of Micah Bernstein
- Mighty Mimi Fund in honor of Mimi Eynon
- Miracles for Michael Fund in memory of Michael Orbany
- Morgan and Friends Fund in honor of Morgan Loudon — generously supporting a St. Baldrick’s Fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Not All Who Wander Are Lost Fund in memory of Kiersten Dickson — generously supporting a St. Baldrick’s Fellow at The Children’s Hospital/University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Oh Danny Boy, I Love You So: The Danny O'Brien Fund for Rhabdoid Tumor Research in memory of Danny O’Brien
- PFP Cancer Research Fund in memory of Peyton Arens
- Rally for Ryan Fund in honor of Ryan Campanaro — funding the Rally for Ryan St. Baldrick’s Scholar at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Rays of Hope in memory of Rayanna Marrero — generously supporting a St. Baldrick’s Fellow at Stanford University
- Robert Arceci Memorial Fund — supporting the St. Baldrick’s Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award
- Smiles for Cole in memory of Cole Stoddard
- Super Soph's Pediatric Cancer Fund in memory of Sophie Rossi
- Sweet Caroline Fund in memory of Caroline Richards
- TEAM ABBY Gives in honor of Abby Furco
- Team Georgia in memory of Georgia Godwin
- Team Z for Phi in honor of Sophia Zematis
- The Arden Quinn Bucher Memorial Fund in memory of Arden Bucher
- The Benicio Martinez Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research in honor of Benicio Martinez
- Team Clarkie Fund in honor of Clarkie Carroll — funding the Team Clarkie Fund St. Baldrick’s Fellow at the Baylor University College of Medicine
- The Amagoia Lazkano Fund in memory of Amagoia Lazkano Retuerta
- The Caemon Marston-Simmons Hero Fund in memory of Caemon Marston-Simmons
- The Grace For Good Fund in honor of Grace Carey
- The Rebecca Alison Meyer Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research in memory of Rebecca Meyer
- The Rich and Weissman Family Lymphoma and Survivorship Fund in honor of Jared Weissman — funding The Rich and Weissman Family Lymphoma Survivorship Fund St. Baldrick’s Research Grant at the University of California-Davis
- Thumbs Up Fund To Honor Brett Haubrich in honor of Brett Haubrich
- Tough as Ace in memory of Asaph “Ace” Schwapp
For an Amazing Year
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