To fund the most promising research on childhood cancers and enable survivors of such cancers to live long and healthy lives.
About the Organization:
Now the world's largest private funder of childhood cancer research, the St. Baldrick's Foundation began as a challenge among three reinsurance company colleagues to shave their heads to raise funds for kids with cancer. The organization, which today raises funds in part through its signature volunteer head-shaving events, has committed more than $153 million since 2005 in support of pediatric cancer research. The foundation's advocacy action network, Speak Up for Kids' Cancer, works to inform efforts to raise awareness of and promote legislation that supports pediatric cancer research and programs for survivors.
The foundation's grants include research grants targeted to individual researchers; grants for cancer research consortiums; multiyear fellowships and scholarships; grants in support of research aimed at improving supportive care; international grants; and infrastructure grants to help research institutions treat more children in clinical trials and/or to expand their capacity. The organization also has awarded a number of million-dollar cooperative grants to the Children's Oncology Group, which in turn have been re-granted to more than two hundred institutions in support of clinical trials; and a four-year, $14.5 million grant to the Stand Up To Cancer – St. Baldrick's Pediatric Cancer Dream Team, which brings together researchers in the fields of genomics and immunotherapeutics to find a cure for the hardest-to-treat childhood cancers.
Visitors to the site can learn about childhood cancer and the need to fill the existing funding gap, read stories about kids with cancer who serve as St. Baldrick's "ambassadors," or stay abreast of new developments in pediatric cancer research as well as milestones in individual kids' lives through the organization's blog. Visitors to the site also can find out how to get involved by shaving their heads to raise funds for pediatric cancer research, organize a head-shaving event, create their own fundraising campaign, or establish a fund with the foundation.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is supported by foundation, nonprofits, corporations, and individuals.