The St. Baldrick's Foundation in Monrovia, California, has announced infrastructure grants totaling $2.1 million to thirty-nine organizations engaged in childhood cancer research.
Grants were awarded to three Chicago institutions — the University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, and Stroger Medical Center — in support of a joint program that enrolls patients in children's oncology group (COG) clinical trials. Since 2008, the program has enrolled seven hundred individuals in dozens of COG clinical trials, many of whom would not otherwise have had access to such cutting-edge treatment.
Other recipients include Blank Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in Des Moines, Iowa; Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas; the National Brain Tumor Society in Newton, Massachusetts; and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York.
"The St. Baldrick's Foundation is thrilled to fund this latest round of grants, which provides pediatric cancer treatment teams across the U.S. with the critical support they need to find cures and better treatments," said St. Baldrick's CEO Kathleen Ruddy. "With these funds, these institutions will be able to enroll more children on lifesaving clinical trials and complete the studies that are currently in progress. We are very thankful for our dedicated volunteers and donors who make these grants possible."