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Nino Rainusso M.D.
Funded: 07-01-2013 through 06-30-2018
Funding Type: St. Baldrick's Scholar
Institution Location: Houston, TX
Institution: Baylor College of Medicine affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic

Based on progress to date, Dr. Rainusso was awarded new grants in 2016 and 2017 to fund additional years of this Scholar award. Dr. Rainusso’s work looks to identify and target the most malignant, most aggressive and most difficult-to-treat cancer cells in pediatric sarcomas. Dr. Rainusso, the Alan’s Sarcoma Research Fund St. Baldrick’s Scholar, is also testing if the patients’ body immune system can kill cancer cells in pediatric sarcomas. A portion of this grant is named for the Alan’s Sarcoma Research Fund that was created in memory of Alan Sanders who was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in his hip at 17 months. He had an indomitable spirit and through his 4 ½ year battle with cancer, he was joyful, upbeat and pressed on courageously through surgery and treatments. Fighting cancer was all Alan knew from an early age and his rallying cry became “Fight’s on!” Today his family and friends carry on his legacy in the fight against childhood cancer by funding sarcoma research.