2020 Infrastructure Grants: Critical to Giving Kids the Best Treatment Options

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 17, 2020

Enrollment on a clinical trial is often a child’s best hope for a cure.

Clinical trials offer children in treatment hope for a better future with fewer side effects. Clinical trials also help scientists to improve upon the standard treatments of today, making significant strides towards more effective and less toxic cures for children now and in the future.

Clinical trials are coordinated by Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), who make sure the patient’s treatment is conducted exactly according to protocol, for the sake of accurate research results. In addition to a lot of behind the scenes work to collect and submit samples and data, a CRA works directly with the patients and their families to ensure they understand everything involved in the treatment.

Without a CRA on staff, an institution wouldn’t be able to open a clinical trial, let alone coordinate patient care on a trial. And without trials open at their local institution, families often have to travel to distant locations to get the most cutting-edge treatment options. That’s especially difficult with today’s Covid-19 challenges.

To ensure institutions have the ability to open, coordinate, and treat more children on clinical trials closer to home, these one-year grants will support this critical role at 17 institutions.

Read on to see which institutions were awarded these critical grants. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn to see our upcoming live stream where you can meet some of the researchers funded, as well as kids and families who benefit from these trials, and some of the volunteers and donors who make these grants possible.

  • Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y.
  • Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville, S.C.
  • Children’s Hospital News Orleans, New Orleans, La.
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Mich.
  • Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, Va.
  • El Paso Children’s Hospital, El Paso, Texas
  • Hele DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • HSHS St. Vincent Cancer Research Institute, Green Bay, Wis.
  • Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.
  • SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Oakland, Calif.
  • University of New Mexico HSC, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Valley Children’s Healthcare, Madera, Calif.
  • Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer Center, McAllen, Texas (affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Visit the St. Baldrick’s Grants page for more information.

With your help to fund new and exciting breakthroughs, we are working towards a future where all kids with cancer have their best chance at a long, healthy life. Join us and help fund the next round of grants, to be announced in the New Year.

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