Every Cent Matters in the Fight Against Childhood Cancers

by Becky C. Weaver, Chief Mission Officer, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 16, 2012

Dear St. Baldrick’s Community,

I am forever grateful that you have chosen to join us in the fight against childhood cancers. You give your time and lend your voice, but most importantly, you place your trust in us to use wisely every cent you raise.

And we do. Because every cent committed to the very best childhood cancer research matters.

I am thrilled to share that you have made possible another $2 million dollars in St. Baldrick’s grants to local institutions across the U.S. Combined with the more than $23 million awarded in July, this brings our funding total to more than $25 million granted for the most promising childhood cancer research in 2012.

Each fall for the last seven years, we have funded St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grants to give institutions – especially in areas where St. Baldrick’s events take place – resources that help them conduct more research and enroll more kids in ongoing clinical trials, their best hope for a cure. And every spring we fund the very best research projects, based on scientific review.

We continue to maintain low fundraising ratios, with 82 cents of every dollar going directly to research, because privately funded childhood cancer research matters now, more than ever. Especially in light of the drastic and devastating budget sequester cuts that could be made on January 1 to federally funded childhood cancer research, potentially halting research, clinical trials, and so much more for the years to come. (You CAN speak up against these cuts. Learn more here.)

Explore the full list of institutions that received funding. You’ll be glad to know that we’re supporting the best research, no matter where it takes place, and also directing funds back to local communities where funds were raised.

Thank you for being a part of the vibrant and passionate St. Baldrick’s community. You are making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer.


Becky C. Weaver
Chief Philanthropy Officer
St. Baldrick’s Foundation


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