LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Clinical trials are a vital part of the research process, and for many kids with cancer, they are their best hope for a cure. To allow more kids access to clinical trials, the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, has awarded 29 infrastructure grants totaling $1.7 million to institutions across the country.
"The majority of childhood cancer patients are treated on a clinical trial," said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St. Baldrick's. "Clinical trials offer children either the best-known treatment, or one that may prove to be better. Research relies on enrolling large numbers of patients on clinical trials to ensure results are meaningful and advancements are made. Funding from St. Baldrick's will ensure more kids have access to clinical trials, giving them a better chance at a cure."
St. Baldrick's Infrastructure Grants were awarded to the following institutions:
- Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y.
- Blank Children's Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, Des Moines, Iowa
- Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, N.Y.
- Children's Hospital, New Orleans, La.
- Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Norfolk, Va.
- Children's Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
- Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, Conn.
- East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
- El Paso Children's Hospital, El Paso, Texas
- Greenville Health System, Greenville, S.C.
- HSHS St. Vincent Cancer Research Institute, Green Bay, Wis.
- Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
- Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, La.
- Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando, Fla.
- Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Stony Brook, N.Y.
- Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J.
- SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
- St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, Fla.
- The University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Ill.
- The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, N.M.
- UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Oakland, Calif.
- University of California San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
- University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
- Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.
- Valley Children's Healthcare, Madera, Calif.
- Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, McAllen, Texas
- Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Infrastructure Grants are awarded based on the need of the institution and its patients, anticipated results of the grant and local participation in St. Baldrick's fundraising events and activities. These grants give institutions the resources they need to do more research.
This series of grants brings the St. Baldrick's Foundation's funding total to more than $26 million awarded in 2018. Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded more than $258 million to support the most promising childhood cancer research, no matter where it takes place.
To learn how you can get involved, visit www.stbaldricks.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo. Read more about the research we fund on the St. Baldrick's blog.
About St. Baldrick's Foundation
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick's Foundation is leading the charge to take childhood back from cancer. St. Baldrick's funds 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 childhood cancer research, no matter where it takes place.
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