Facts

What Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)?

by Benjamin Mizukawa, M.D.
September 3, 2021
What is acute myeloid leukemia?

Dr. Mizukawa is a past St. Baldrick’s Scholar. He explains acute myeloid leukemia symptoms, treatment, and research progress

What is acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells. Leukemia cells divide quickly and fail to mature into normal, functioning blood cells.

Acute leukemia progresses rapidly and is classified into two general subtypes:

  • When the cancer affects the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, it is called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.
  • When the cancer affects other blood cell types, such as red blood cells, platelet-forming cells, and other types of white blood cells, it is called acute myeloid leukemia, or AML.

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Research

The Impact of the Dream Team on Childhood Cancers: A Video

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 26, 2021

The St. Baldrick’s — Stand Up To Cancer Pediatric Dream Team’s innovative and collaborative approach to science is making huge impacts in the world of childhood cancer research.

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Research

Research Outcomes: Progress and Hope

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 25, 2021

Research progress and hope go hand in hand.

Thanks to your continued support, pediatric cancer researchers are making progress towards better treatments and providing hope for more cures. Here are just four examples of the many research outcomes (and reasons for hope!) you have made possible:

Ambassador Brooke looks in microscope, with text: Research Outcomes

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Facts

What Is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)?

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 12, 2021

What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the white blood cells that normally fight infection. The cells do not grow and develop properly, filling up the bone marrow inside bones, where blood is normally made.

ALL is the most common type of childhood cancer, accounting for 35% of all cancers in children. Each year, there are about 2,900 new cases of children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL in the United States alone.

See how Phineas survived ALL because of research supported by St. Baldrick’s >

Its signs and symptoms resemble other common illnesses, which often leads to other treatments before the leukemia diagnosis is made.

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Advocacy

Patient Advocates – A Dream Team Video

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 11, 2021

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 to #GiveKidsALifetime!

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Research

Proud To Be – A Dream Team Video

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 4, 2021

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 to #GiveKidsALifetime!

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Research

Dramatic Progress for Medulloblastoma Patients

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 2, 2021

Want to know how St. Baldrick’s donors are the saving lives of kids with a common brain tumor? This isn’t just an example of progress – it’s the biggest increase in survival rates many researchers have ever seen from one clinical trial! And that trial was supported by St. Baldrick’s.


Grace was diagnosed with medullobalstoma at age 5. She is an almost-14-year survivor.

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Facts

Battle Osteosarcoma Funds $1.35 Million in Research: Honoring Charlotte, Dylan and Tyler

by Becky C. Weaver, Chief Mission Officer, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 30, 2021

Two years ago, a group of three dedicated moms rallied some dear friends to achieve what seemed like an ambitious goal to support osteosarcoma research. As you’ll see below, they knocked that one out of the park!

Battle Osteosarcoma volunteers holding a check for $1,350,000Battle Osteosarcoma volunteers set out to raise $150,000, then raised more than $1.3 million!

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Research

What is the Dream Team? – A Dream Team Video

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 27, 2021

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 2021 Grants

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 20, 2021

This new investment of $3.5 million brings the total granted by St. Baldrick’s for research since 2005 to more than $310 million.

The 9 grants include new funding for 3 new St. Baldrick’s Scholars, and 1 new International Scholar from Uganda. Also receiving new funding for projects already underway are 4 team science projects (Consortium grants) and 1 Strategic Initiative: the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons.

child cheering text says New Funding AnnouncementHonored Kid Augie

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