November 16, 2015
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a one-year, $50,000 grant to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. This grant is one of 33 infrastructure grants awarded as part of the Foundation’s fall grant cycle, totaling $2 million.
This grant will enable the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center (CBCC) Clinical Research Department to oversee patient clinical trial participation in a more organized and efficient manner. Grant funds will be used to develop a new database system and enable the hospital to hire a database coordinator who will streamline the data collection process, store data more efficiently and provide statistics and reports to Seton and other organizations across the nation.
“The number of children diagnosed with cancer at the CBCC has more than tripled since 1998,” says Dr. Amy Fowler, pediatric hematology and oncology specialist with Dell Children’s. “We continuously face the financial challenge of doing more with less, so this grant is helping saves lives now and in future generations.”
This series of grants, combined with the more than $21.2 million awarded in July to fund cutting-edge research, brings the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s funding total to $23 million awarded in 2015. 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.
“The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is excited to fund this latest round of grants, which will give much needed support to multiple pediatric cancer treatment teams across the U.S.,” said Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer of St. Baldrick’s. “These grants will improve the capacity of the institutions to do more research, enroll more children in cutting-edge clinical trials and complete studies that are in progress. These grants would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers and generous donors who believe that kids deserve better than the toxic medicines that are currently available which all too often harm developing bodies and create lifelong, life-threatening health problems.”