The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, announced its award of a one-year, $49,450 grant to the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
“This St. Baldrick’s award will strengthen the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center research program,” said Sharon Lockhart, M.D., a principal investigator at the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center. “It will ensure that Central Texas children and teens will benefit from clinical trials, which will give them their greatest chance to live a happy and healthy life after cancer.”
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation Infrastructure Grant will enable the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center’s research program to sustain its current research staffing model and ensure that all eligible families will be able to participate in childhood cancer clinical trials.
“Our program has expanded over the past few years, and we are continuously facing the financial challenge of doing more with less,” said Lockhart. “With this award, St. Baldrick’s is ensuring that every new patient who is eligible to be enrolled in a clinical trial will have that opportunity.”
“These grants are critically important to saving children’s lives, and would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers and generous donors who believe kids deserve better than medicine is currently able to provide,” said Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.