It’s not often that St. Baldrick’s staff get to meet the faces behind the grants we fund. In a rare and special visit, St. Baldrick’s staffers were invited to step into the labs of St. Baldrick’s researchers Dr. Robert Seeger, Dr. Muller Fabbri and Dr. Chintan Parekh at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Join us on the tour!
St. Baldrick’s Foundation staff pose in front of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
St. Baldrick’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, Becky Weaver, explains how a timely email led to a big realization. Join us and make a difference for kids with cancer. See ways to get involved.
November marked my 10th year with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. And how much has changed since that time!
Back then, we were excited to give over $3 million to support one large grant to the Children’s Oncology Group and our first St. Baldrick’s Fellow, Dr. Sharon Singh.
It’s the biggest grants release of the year: the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Summer Grants. This year, the announcement is bigger than ever! Don’t miss the video where we surprise some of our researchers with the exciting news. To see the research St. Baldrick’s is funding near you, visit our Grants Search.
You have made 2014 a record-breaking year.
In addition to helping St. Baldrick’s break a world record for head-shaving, this year our incredible St. Baldrick’s volunteers have raised more money for childhood cancer research than ever before — an amazing feat!
All of that hard work is paying off today, as we announce our annual Summer Grants. This is our biggest grant release of the year, and 2014 is a milestone for us all, as we give over $24.7 million in children’s cancer research grants — more than any year prior.
We surprised a few recipients of our 2014 Summer Grants with some exciting news — and we caught it all on video.
This is one of the most anticipated times of the year at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation: the time when we are able to turn generously given donations over to the hands of the world’s best childhood cancer researchers.
This year, we added a little twist.
We told these researchers we had one final video interview for them before we would announce our funding decisions.
Watch the video and you’ll see — we tricked them. But it was worth it.
There is something more exciting than barbecues, beach balls, and sprinklers in the summertime at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Every summer, childhood cancer research grants are awarded to the best and most-promising researchers and institutions in the world — bringing us one step closer to a cure for childhood cancers.
Here’s how our grant funding cycles work:
On November 16, the lobby of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Francisco turned green.
Green feather boas, green beaded necklaces, green bow ties and jackets, and even green hair flooded the space as several physician-researchers and faculty members joined with patients, families, and other volunteers and supporters for a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event.
Mignon Loh, M.D., Ph.D., lead organizer for the event and a member of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee, was planning to shave her head. She has been receiving St. Baldrick’s support for her pediatric leukemia research since 2008.“I am so grateful for their support that I figured I could give back, raise a little money, and tolerate being bald for several weeks…if it gets our message across that we’re doing great things and we need to keep doing great things,” Dr. Loh said.
Benjamin Mizukawa, M.D., received a three-year, $330,000 St. Baldrick’s Scholar award to support his work focused on acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Although most leukemia cells are readily killed by chemotherapy, if the leukemia stem cell is not killed in treatment, chances of survival are very low.
“We are studying how leukemia stem cells maintain self-renewal, or the ability to give rise to new leukemia cells,” Dr. Mizukawa explained. “By understanding the signals needed for self-renewal, we hope to identify new drugs to eliminate the leukemia stem cell and prevent relapsed disease.”
Curative chemotherapy for cancer was first realized in children. Survival rates for many of the common cancers in children improved dramatically through the last part of the 20th century. However, those cure rates have plateaued since the 1990s, and for some childhood cancers, we have seen little to no improvements.
While shavees and volunteers are raising funds to be used for grants, researchers are making their way through a rigorous grant application process. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation had over 100 reviewers from the pediatric hematology and oncology community review grants in 2012.
Each application is reviewed by at least three pediatric hematology/oncology researchers, using the same rating system used by the National Cancer Institute. If all three reviewers give an application an excellent score, it’s recommended for funding. (A poor score from all three means it’s not recommended.) If the scores vary or are not decisive, the application goes to a larger committee of reviewers to discuss and vote on a final score.
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