AUSTIN, Texas (January 28, 2015) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a one-year, $49,450 grant to the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. This grant is one of 40 infrastructure grants awarded as part of the Foundation’s most recent grant cycle, totaling more than $2.5 million and surpassing last year’s total awarded during this same period.
Due to the steady population growth each year in Central Texas, the demand for pediatric oncology services continues to increase. Despite this growth, federal funding for clinical trial participation continues to decline. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation Infrastructure Grant will enable the Children’s Blood & 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,” says Principal Investigator Sharon K. Lockhart, M.D. “With this award, St. Baldricks is ensuring that every new patient who is eligible to be enrolled in a clinical trial will have that opportunity.”
This series of grants, combined with the more than $24.7 million awarded in July to fund cutting-edge research, brings the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s funding total to more than $27.2 million awarded in 2014. Grants were 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 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.