• Press Release
    • For Immediate Release


  • Media Contact:
    • Traci Shirk
    • 626.792.8247 ext. 250
    • traci@stbaldricks.org

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Awards $96,649 to Local Researcher to Fund Lifesaving Childhood Cancer Research

St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant created in memory of child funds lifesaving research

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (November 20, 2017) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, is proud to announce that a St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund created in honor of Henry Cermak, from Hilton Head Island, S.C., will support life-saving childhood cancer research.

This year, the Henry Cermak Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research Hero Fund helped to fund a St. Baldrick’s Scholar grant for Dr. Gary Kohanbash at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh affiliated with University of Pittsburgh. With this $96,649 grant, Dr. Kohanbash will research how immunotherapy can help fight all six types of brain tumors that affect kids, as well as the relevant characteristics in the largest-ever series of pediatric ependymoma tumors.

The St. Baldrick’s Henry Cermak Fund was created in memory of forever 10-year-old, Henry Cermak, who delighted everyone he met with his sense of humor and compassion for others. He endured two years of grueling treatments and surgeries for a brain tumor, yet through it all, Henry remained courageous, funny and philosophic. This fund is dedicated to his amazing spirit and his wish that “no one gets left out.”

A St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund is an ongoing way for friends, family members, or groups to donate or raise funds for a loved one. To learn more about the program visit the Hero Fund page.

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 is leading the charge to take childhood back from cancer by funding 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 StBaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.