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St. Baldrick’s Foundation Announces $23.5 million in Grants to Fund Lifesaving Childhood Cancer Research

July 25, 2017
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St. Baldrick’s Foundation Announces $23.5 million in Grants to Fund Lifesaving Childhood Cancer Research

LOS ANGELES (July 25, 2017) – No parent should be told there are no more treatment options available for their child. Research is key to finding new treatments and cures for childhood cancers, and is the only way to save more lives. Groundbreaking advancements have been made, but with scarce federal funding, physician scientists depend on private funding to continue their important work. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, is proud to award 90 new grants totaling $23.5 million in its summer grant cycle to support the brightest minds in the pediatric cancer field.

Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer, so every second counts when it comes to finding cures. Each phase of the research process, from the laboratory to translational research to clinical trials, plays a crucial part in developing new therapies that will give kids with cancer the healthy childhoods they deserve. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $230 million in lifesaving childhood research grants to support every stage of the research process.

“St. Baldrick’s leads the charge to take childhood back from cancer and is dedicated to funding the best research, no matter where it takes place,” said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of the
St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “Through our grants, we are proud to support world-class experts of today, as well as the next generation of researchers whose innovative approaches employ cutting-edge technology and emerging science to find cures and treatments to create a growing generation of childhood cancer survivors.”

The largest grant this summer is for $5.8 million to the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), whose member institutions treat more than 90 percent of kids with cancer in the U.S. To date, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $71.9 million to the COG.

Grants are awarded to the following institutions:
• Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
• Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte, Calif.
• Boston University Medical Campus, Boston, Mass.
• Case Western Reserve University – School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
• Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute, Beaverton, Ore.
• Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, Mass.
• Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colo.
• Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Children’s Oncology Group, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
• Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
• Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, Conn.
• Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.
• Duke University, Durham, N.C.
• Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
• Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Wash.
• Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
• Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, N.Y.
• Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind.
• Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
• Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford Medicine, Stanford, Calif.
• Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.
• National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md.
• Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del.
• New York University School of Medicine, New York, N.Y.
• Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.
• Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa.
• Seattle Children’s, Seattle, Wash.
• St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
• Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
• The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, N.Y.
• The Research Foundation for The State University of New York on behalf of University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
• The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
• The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.
• The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
• University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
• University of California Davis, Davis, Calif.
• University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
• University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif.
• University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Ill.
• University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, Colo.
• University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
• University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
• University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.
• University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
• University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.
• University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
• University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
• University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisc.
• UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
• Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
• Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

To see the research St. Baldrick’s is funding near you, visit the Grants Search page, or to learn more about each grant category visit the Grant Types page on the Foundation’s website. The next St. Baldrick’s grant cycle will be announced in the fall. For additional information on each grant or to interview a researcher please email

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.