St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, awarded a grant of $23,940 to Children’s Hospital Central California. This infrastructure grant provides institutions like Children's with resources to make more research possible and treat more kids on clinical trials, their best hope for a cure.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation began as a challenge between friends and has exploded into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s donors and volunteers made possible over $12 million in funding for childhood cancer research in 2009; Children’s Hospital Central California is one of 12 institutions to receive funding as part of St. Baldrick’s 2009 fall grant cycle which totaled over $650,000.
With only three percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease. Worldwide, 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States.
With this funding, Children’s Hospital Central California will be able to hire a full-time nurse to work in the hospital’s Long Term Survivor Clinic. This nurse will be working to coordinate the continued health of Children’s Hospital’s oncology survivors and helping them to understand the late effects of treatment and risks in adulthood. Additionally, this nurse will be responsible for contacting survivors for follow-up clinical trials that will evaluate the long-term health effects of childhood cancer treatments.
Dr. John Gates, pediatric oncologist at Children’s praises the gift, “This generous donation allows us to provide services to children who are surviving childhood cancer and assists us in helping them prepare for their future.”
Grant applications were reviewed based on the need of the institution and the anticipated results of the grant. Institutions were also considered based on the level of participation of the local community in St. Baldrick’s events. St. Baldrick’s volunteer event organizers led the way to raising over $16.4 million in 2009 alone and more than $69 million since 2000; making the funding of institutions like Children’s Hospital.
“Our volunteers and donors give hope to children and families touched by this dreadful disease,” says Kathleen Ruddy, Executive Director for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “Their passion and dedication to the cause turn that hope into reality and have helped make grants like these possible.”
In 2009, a first-time St. Baldrick’s event at California State University Fresno raised more than $12,600 for the Foundation. More than 40 people showed up to brave a shave on May 3. The event was organized by Children’s Hospital Nurse Malynda Gonzalez, who not only organized but also shaved as well.
Everyone can do their part to support St. Baldrick’s. To locate or organize an event in your community, sign-up to shave, donate or volunteer, visit St. Baldrick's online. You can also become a fan on Facebook, follow on Twitter and visit the St. Baldrick’s YouTube channel.