Advocacy

Patient Advocates – A Dream Team Video

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 11, 2020

Patient advocates play a vital role in the  St. Baldrick’s — Stand Up To Cancer Pediatric Dream Team.

Patient advocates help to put a face on childhood cancer research. They humanize why the research is so critically important and translate that incredible work into language that’s more easily understood. Many are parents of kids who have fought cancer and one is a survivor herself. All are working to see the day when no family has to endure what they have.

Join us today and #DFYchildhoodCancers!

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Research

Proud To Be – A Dream Team Video

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 4, 2020

Researchers and patient advocates are proud to be part of the St. Baldrick’s – Stand Up To Cancer Pediatric Dream Team. Proud to be part of a collaboration to conquer childhood cancers.

The work the Dream Team is doing offers hope to children with cancer and their families and we’re closer than ever to finding cures. Not only has the Dream Team propelled ground-breaking cell therapies for blood cancers, it’s also making great progress towards the tougher challenge – helping kids with solid tumors. St. Baldrick’s supporters can be proud of this work that is already saving lives.

Join us today and #DFYchildhoodCancers!

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Research

What is the Dream Team? – A Dream Team Video

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 27, 2020

The St. Baldrick’s – Stand Up To Cancer Pediatric Dream Team is doing science differently to cure the incurable.

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Research

ANNOUNCING ST. BALDRICK’S JULY 2020 GRANTS

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 23, 2020

This is it!  You — St. Baldrick’s donors and participants — have poured your passion into funding childhood cancer research, even in difficult times like these. And because of you, today we all celebrate the biggest batch of new grants of the year. 

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This new investment of $12.9 million brings the total granted by St. Baldrick’s for research since 2005 to more than $300 million. 

The 53 grants include new funding for 18 Research Grants, 5 Supportive Care Research Grants, 9 St. Baldrick’s Scholars, and 1 International Scholar from India. Also receiving new funding for projects already underway are 7 St. Baldrick’s Scholars, 2 International Scholar from Kenya, 8 team science projects (Consortium grants), 1 St. Baldrick’s Innovation Award and 1 Strategic Initiative.

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Research

DR. ERIC RAABE VS. PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMORS

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 20, 2020

With a long history of support from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Dr. Eric Raabe of Johns Hopkins University is a “Rockstar Researcher” in pediatric brain tumors.

As an undergraduate student, Dr. Raabe volunteered at a children’s hospital where a pivotal moment influenced his decision to become a pediatric oncologist. He vividly remembers a young boy who had relapsed and was being hospitalized after having one of his lymph nodes biopsied. The boy sat alone in his room with the shades down. In the dark room the boy became more and more withdrawn as he sat and waited for the results. He thought he was going to die.

No sooner had the results come back negative for recurrence of his cancer, than the blinds went up and he wanted a pizza with everything on it. The experience left a lasting impression and prompted Dr. Raabe’s decision to become a pediatric physician scientist. In that moment he realized the impact he could make in a scared and sick child’s life. He decided then and there that he wanted to be part of providing a path to hope and a path to a cure. He wanted to help guide these children from the darkness to a place of hope and light.

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Research

Dream Team News: Progress in a Deadly Pediatric Brain Tumor

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 16, 2020

The Science of Self Defense

One goal of science and research is to make the impossible, possible. So, what if we could train the body to fight off cancer itself? To ferociously attack what is attacking it. It would be a game changer and that’s exactly the kind of revolutionary research St. Baldrick’s supporters are making possible through the St. Baldrick’s – Stand Up to Cancer Pediatric Dream Team.

One of the Dream Team’s research studies was so important, it was recently featured on the cover of the prestigious scientific journal, Nature Medicine. The article outlines new advances to train immune cells in pediatric patients to target deadly brain tumors known as atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (ATRT tumors). These tumors develop in babies and toddlers, who currently only survive an average of 17 months.

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Research

An Extraordinary Legacy Continues

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 9, 2020

The entire childhood cancer community knew that when it came to honoring the legacy of Robert J. Arceci, M.D., Ph.D., only something extraordinary would do.

Known for thinking outside the box and his passion for finding cures, Bob was something of a Renaissance man – treating patients, conducting lab research, editing research publications, creating a PBS documentary on childhood, serving as board member and chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for St. Baldrick’s and much more.

Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award recipient, Dr. Paul A. Northcott of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Facts

What Is Retinoblastoma?

by Murali Chintagumpala, M.D. and Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, M.D.
May 11, 2020

Dr. Chintagumpala’s specific interests include the management of children with all brain tumors, retinoblastoma, bone tumors and kidney tumors. He serves as chair of the Retinoblastoma Sub-Committee for the Children’s Oncology Group and is a leader in conducting clinical trials involving children with brain tumors and Retinoblastoma.

Dr. Rodríguez-Galindo is a member of the St. Baldrick’s Scientific Advisory Committee. His research focuses on retinoblastoma, bone sarcomas, histiocytic disorders and rare childhood cancers.

what is retinoblastoma

What is Retinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the eye that only occurs in children and typically in very young children. Two-thirds of retinoblastoma patients are diagnosed before they’re 2 years old and more than 90% are diagnosed before turning 5.

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Facts

What Is Medulloblastoma?

by Elias Sayour, M.D., Ph.D. and Agnes Petrosiute, M.D.
May 1, 2020

Dr. Sayour and Dr. Petrosiute are both St. Baldrick’s Scholars. This blog was written by Dr. Petrosiute in May 2014 and updated in April 2020 by Dr. Sayour.

What is medulloblastoma?

Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in children. It originates in the back part of the brain called the cerebellum. In up to 1/3 of cases, it can spread to other parts of the brain and spinal cord. Most cases are diagnosed before age 10.

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Research

Announcing the Class of 2020: St. Baldrick’s Fellows and Summer Fellows

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 17, 2020

St. Baldrick’s donors play a key role in making new and better treatments possible for childhood cancer. One of the most important ways to make life-saving research possible — not only today but for decades to come — is to fund the training of the next generation of childhood cancer researchers.

That’s why we’re excited to announce today a bright and shiny new set of “next generation” grants.

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