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:
Dr. Joseph Lubega is one of two childhood cancer researchers to receive the new St. Baldrick’s International Scholars Grant. Dr. Lubega’s research is focused on finding better ways to diagnose children with cancer in Uganda.
But the reality is, most children with cancer do not live in developed countries. Indeed, the majority of kids with cancer live in countries with very limited resources. And for those children, a cancer diagnosis is almost always fatal — if a diagnosis is made at all.
In my perfect world, I imagine a day when a child comes to my office with a cancer diagnosis and I can prescribe a 10-day course of medicine, just like penicillin for strep throat, and he’s cured. This summer, with the help of donors like you, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation was able to fund a record-breaking total of $23 million in grants towards lifesaving childhood cancer research, bringing the Foundation’s funding total to more than $101 million since becoming an independent charity in 2005. This research is the only path to perfect-world treatments.
These grants will have great impact on children with cancer – keeping the research and clinical trials going, which is the lifeblood of improving treatment. They will help families and all of the institutions that help those families, both in the U.S. and around the world.
Beneficiaries outside the continental U.S. receive funds raised by St. Baldrick’s events held in their geographic areas.
Explore the childhood cancer research and St. Baldrick’s events taking place internationally:
Research does greatly impact kids with cancer. Take a look at the Childhood Cancer Research Outcomes made possible by previous St. Baldrick’s funding or head back to explore more of the new 2012 Summer Grants.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation held its second Research Priorities Summit in New York, the weekend of January 7-8, 2012. Nineteen distinguished childhood cancer research experts attended, volunteering their time and expertise to advise the Foundation’s board and grants staff on funding priorities.
The Summit was co-moderated by two nationally recognized leaders in pediatric oncology, William Carroll, M.D. of New York University and Holcombe Grier, M.D. of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.