New Grants Help Fight Childhood Cancers

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 29, 2013

St. Baldrick’s adds $2.2 million in grant funding for childhood cancer research.

Excitement is in the air at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation — do you feel it?  This month, we had the pleasure of putting more dollars to work for childhood cancer research, the very dollars that our volunteers worked so hard to raise and that our donors gave so generously.

You made it possible for St. Baldrick’s to fund $2.2 million in new grants at 39 institutions across the United States. Combined with grants awarded earlier this year, St. Baldrick’s has given over $24.5 million to childhood cancer research in 2013, including the Stand Up To Cancer-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Cancer Dream Team**.

These new infrastructure grants are not for specific research projects. Instead, they fund something that makes it possible for more research to happen.

These new infrastructure grants are not for specific research projects. Instead, they fund something that makes it possible for more research to happen.

Most often, this means adding the specialized staff needed to open and coordinate more clinical trials. These trials give children and teens with cancer the opportunity to have the most cutting edge treatment options at their local institution.

“Fewer than five percent of adults with cancer participate in a clinical trial, while more than 60% of childhood cancer patients receive their treatment as part of a clinical trial,” says St. Baldrick’s CEO Kathleen Ruddy.

Nine institutions are receiving an infrastructure grant for the first time this year. One of these is the Children’s Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

In the past, pediatric cancer patients in Alaska had to travel to Washington or Oregon to receive cutting-edge care. This year, the Children’s Hospital at Providence joined the Children’s Oncology Group, enabling the hospital to offer new treatments for pediatric cancer patients. Their St. Baldrick’s infrastructure grant gives researchers the resources they need to help patients enroll in clinical trials. And that means more children with cancer can receive better care while staying close to home.

Infrastructure grants are one more way St. Baldrick’s volunteers and donors are giving hope to children with cancer and their families. Thanks to you, more kids will have access to better treatments for cancer, and more experts will have the resources to conduct more research. And that’s something to get excited about.

Read stories that illustrate the impact of St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grants:

The Importance of Infrastructure Grants for Adolescents and Young Adults
A Young Childhood Cancer Patient Gets a Fighting Chance
The Effects of Childhood Cancer on Adolescents and Young Adults
MIBG Therapy Clinical Trials for Neuroblastoma Patients

St. Baldrick’s infrastructure grants were distributed to the following institutions:

The Children’s Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska*

Children’s Hospital Central California, Madera, California

Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland, California

University of San Diego, San Diego, California

The Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado*

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut

University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia*

Blank Children’s Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa*

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois – Chicago/Rush/Stroger Medical Centers, Chicago, Illinois

University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, Louisiana

American Society of  Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Grupo América Latina de Oncología Pediátrica (GALOP)*

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina

Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck, North Dakota*

Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Alliance for Childhood Diseases, Las Vegas, Nevada

Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, New York

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York

SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York

Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, Ohio*

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas

Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic, McAllen, Texas

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, Virginia

Sage Bionetworks, Seattle, Washington*

St. Vincent Hospital , Green Bay, Wisconsin*

*Receiving a direct St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant for the first time in 2013.

**Formerly known as the St. Baldrick’s – Stand Up to Cancer Pediatric Cancer Dream Team, this team is now the St. Baldrick’s EPICC Team (Empowering Pediatric Immunotherapies for Childhood Cancer).