St. Baldrick’s Provides More Than $46 Million to COG in Childhood Cancer Research Funding

by Rebecca Bernot, St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 10, 2013

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is proud to have been honored at today’s meeting of many of the world’s best and brightest minds in pediatric cancer research.

The Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research, thanked St. Baldrick’s at their annual fall meeting today for granting more than $46 million to date in support of the COG’s efforts to find cures and better treatments for all children with cancer.

“We would like to thank the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, its leadership, and all St. Baldrick’s volunteers and donors from around the world for their outstanding contributions to the childhood cancer community,” said Peter Adamson, M.D., COG Chair and an oncologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“We are grateful for the many years of support that the COG has received from St. Baldrick’s, totaling $46 million in funding that has made some of today’s breakthroughs in childhood cancer research possible. We are excited to see what the next decade has in store and are committed to our ongoing partnership.”

St. Baldrick’s has been a staunch supporter of the COG from the start. In 2000, when the founders decided to turn their annual St. Patrick’s Day party into a head-shaving fundraiser to benefit kids with cancer, they raised $104,000 in donations to fund the COG’s lifesaving pediatric oncology research.

Since becoming an independent foundation in 2005, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s largest grant each year has been to the COG, with funds distributed to each COG member institution to subsidize the cost of treating children on clinical trials.

“St. Baldrick’s is honored by this recognition from the Children’s Oncology Group,” said Charles Chamness, chairman of the St. Baldrick’s Board of Directors. “The COG is a longtime partner of St. Baldrick’s and we are proud to share in our mission to Conquer Childhood Cancers. Without our devoted volunteers, leadership, and researchers, St. Baldrick’s and the research it funds would not be possible.”

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