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First Grants of 2014: $105,000 to Support Kids’ Cancer Research Experts of Tomorrow

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 25, 2014

The St. Baldrick's Foundation announces Summer Fellows childhood cancer research grants
You can do a lot with $5,000. You can buy a used car, take a week-long luxury cruise, or enjoy a one-night stay in a villa at The Mansion at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Or you can fund a childhood cancer expert of tomorrow.

Today, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced the 2014 Summer Fellow grants. Each $5,000 award will support a medical student working on a research project under the guidance of a pediatric oncology expert. While the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research might deter some students from choosing that as their specialty, exposing them to work in the field just might give them the push — and the passion — they need to pursue a career in children’s cancer research.

And who knows? One of these young scholars could one day discover a cure for childhood cancer.

Emma Vartanian, 2013 Summer Fellow at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, contributed to a pediatric brain tumor research project last year. She said:

“I now feel I am extremely likely to have a career in pediatric oncology research. It was my interest in tackling cancer that originally drew me to medicine, and while I want to make patient care the cornerstone of my career, my greatest professional goal would be to not only provide the best therapies available, but to discover new ones that fill current needs in the treatment of childhood cancers. Given the rapidly changing landscape of emerging therapies, I knew making an impact in this field would require in-depth knowledge of laboratory research, and this fellowship gave me the fundamental tools I needed to understand the field I hope to enter.”

Summer Fellow grants were awarded at 21 institutions across the United States:

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • University of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY
  • Cornell University, New York, NY
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
  • Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

St. Baldrick’s childhood cancer research grants are made possible by donations. Help cure kids’ cancer — donate now.


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