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.
At a time when the federal government is tightening its budget, childhood cancer research funding is growing increasingly scarce.
Here at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, we’re working hard to fill the funding gap — and we couldn’t do it without you.
Our dedicated grantees appreciate every hour, hair, and dollar you sacrifice to help them help kids with cancer. Here’s what some of them had to say.
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:
In August 2012, Chase was diagnosed with a rare and deadly pediatric brain tumor. Chase is now 4 and participating in a St. Baldrick’s-funded children’s cancer study, and his scans continue to show no evidence of disease. Chase’s mom, Ellie, shares his story.
Chase was diagnosed with ATRT, a type of brain cancer in children, when he was 2.
The joyful doctor laid the small newborn baby on my chest as the oxygen raced into him and a tiny scream, that first sound, echoed in the room. This small, headstrong baby, born with so much fight, would be named Chase.
Two years, seven months, 18 days, and about 13 hours later, Chase’s older sister would run into our room in the middle of the night and tell us that Chase wouldn’t stop moving in his bed and it was keeping her awake. He wouldn’t stop because, as we quickly discovered, he couldn’t. He was having seizure.
Within minutes, I lay on an ambulance stretcher, one hand holding my headstrong baby and the other clutching an oxygen mask to his precious face.
See St. Baldrick’s events near Raleigh, North Carolina.Since 2004, the Triangle area St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events have raised over $6.8 million for childhood cancer research!
More than 52 Raleigh-area events took place in 2013, in honor of local children with cancer, survivors, and those who have passed away.
Your donation to St. Baldrick’s supports pediatric cancer research. Donate now.There are things we can do that will increase our risk for cancer later in life, like tanning and smoking cigarettes. But childhood cancer is a different story.
Pediatric cancers are caused by genetic mutations. “However, since these mutations are unique to pediatric cancer, unique drugs need to be developed to treat these cancers,” explains Patrick Grohar, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatric hematology-oncology at Vanderbilt University and a St. Baldrick’s research grant recipient.
Dr. Grohar is working to develop new drugs that target one particular mutation found in Ewing sarcoma tumors, ultimately yielding more effective and less toxic treatments for this form of childhood cancer.
Linda Holmfeldt, Ph.D., received a $100,000 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant to support her project focused on hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Patients with this subtype of leukemia, in which the leukemic cells have lost multiple chromosomes, have a much lower chance of survival. Dr. Holmfeldt and her team have identified multiple gene mutations that are believed to be responsible for allowing the cancer to grow.
Childhood Cancer Research Funded by McKenna Claire Foundation and St. Baldrick’s Foundation Partnership
By partnering with St. Baldrick’s, the McKenna Claire Foundation can “fund research that is close to our heart, while also benefiting from the resources of St. Baldrick’s to help the greater good,” says McKenna’s mom, Kristine.
We knew from the beginning that with a diagnosis of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), the prognosis for McKenna was dismal. We promised her that we would do everything within our power to help her “feel better.” Because we had amazing friends who had turned over every rock and researched every DIPG doctor and research facility in the world, we knew we had done our very best for our daughter, but that modern medicine had failed us. Not for lack of caring or lack of heart amongst the doctors, but for lack of funding which limited research and the possibility of answers.
As she took her last breaths, we promised McKenna we would do everything in our power to fight in her name and ensure that no other child or family would suffer as she did, as we do.
Donating McKenna’s tumor to provide opportunities to develop cell lines and advance research was our first step to fulfilling the promise we made to our girl, and in fighting back against the tumor that took our child. But, for us, it wasn’t enough.
Georgia was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 10. Because of you, St. Baldrick’s is giving away $22 million in childhood cancer research grants to help find cures for kids with cancer.
For two weeks, she hadn’t been feeling like herself. The pediatrician thought she was fighting a virus, but as days passed, Georgia became fatigued, shaky, and pale. When her parents brought her back to the doctor she was sent to the hospital for testing.
The next day, Georgia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia — ALL, the most common type of childhood cancer.
But when Georgia’s mom shared this news with friends and family, she said something that caught my attention. She told them that Georgia had been diagnosed with ALL, a “very curable cancer of the blood.”
Georgia had cancer. But there was a cure.
A cure that was available because of childhood cancer research.
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