St. Baldrick’s funds childhood cancer research at UIC, U of C
March 1, 2019

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Youngsters battling cancer now will have access to more clinical trials because of two infrastructure grants recently awarded by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Youngsters battling cancer now will have access to more clinical trials because of two infrastructure grants recently awarded by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and University of Chicago (U of C) Medicine for a combined total of $212,700. These grants will support developing more clinical trials—often a child’s best chance for a cure.

St. Baldrick’s ranks as the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants.

Funding for UIC will support the UI Health/Rush/Stroger Children’s Oncology Group cancer clinical trials program. These trials will include treatment for childhood cancers; studies to determine these diseases’ biology; trials on new and emerging treatments, supportive care, and survivorship.

“The majority of childhood cancer patients are treated on a clinical trial,” said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St. Baldrick’s. “Clinical trials offer children either the best known treatment or one that may prove to be better. Research relies on enrolling large numbers of patients on clinical trials to ensure results are meaningful and advancements are made. Funding from St. Baldrick’s will ensure more kids have access to clinical trials, giving them a better chance at a cure.”

Funding for U of C Medicine will help support a programmer for the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons. This project and programmer’s role will help build a data commons to support treating a variety of pediatric cancers, including neuroblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma. The project will enable researchers to visualize and analyze data in new ways to help find cures and better treatments for childhood cancer.

Communities in this area have raised more than $2.6 million this year through 114 St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events—funds that make grants like these possible.

For more information, www.stbaldricks.org.