Grant Awarded to Sylvester for Pediatric Cancer Research

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 infrastructure grant of $50,000 to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Foundation’s infrastructure grants provide resources to institutions enabling them to conduct more research and enroll more children in clinical trials.

“With this grant, I hope to make it easier for kids with sarcoma to get the treatment that they need and special medication to help them get better,” said John Goldberg, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Oncology Early Phase Clinical Trials Program and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. These startling realities, combined with the looming budget cuts that could potentially limit access to clinical trials and delay the progress of promising research, make the Foundation’s efforts to conquer childhood cancers critical.

This series of grants, combined with the more than $23 million awarded in July to fund cutting-edge research, brings the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s funding total to more than $25 million awarded in 2012. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $103 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. 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 events.

“As a four-time volunteer event organizer at Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub & Restaurant here in South Florida, I have found the support and endeavor of all our volunteers and customers to be tremendous,” said Mark Rowe, local St. Baldrick’s volunteer event organizer. “To actually see funds benefit a local faculty member in his efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer is very encouraging, and it brings the fruits of our labor into view right here on our doorstep.”

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