St. Baldrick's awards grant to GHS

St. Baldrick's Foundation awards $50,000 grant to GHS
Thursday, November 19, 2009
GREENVILLE, SC (November 18, 2009) – St. Baldrick's Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, awarded a grant of $50,000 to the Bi-Lo Charities Children’s Cancer Center at Greenville Health System (GHS) in Greenville, SC. These fall infrastructure grants provide institutions with resources to make more research possible and treat more kids on clinical trials, their best hope for a cure.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation began as a challenge between friends and has exploded into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s donors and volunteers made possible over $12 million in funding for childhood cancer research in 2009; GHS is one of 12 institutions to receive funding as part of St. Baldrick’s 2009 fall grant cycle, which totaled over $650,000. 
With only three percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease. Worldwide, 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States.
With this funding, GHS will be able to hire a new Clinical Research Associate (CRA) to assist in the development of a Clinical Research Office within the Bi-Lo Charities Children’s Cancer Center at GHS. The CRA will also be responsible for ensuring ethical conduct of clinical research, data collection and management, and registering and enrolling research participants.
“We feel fortunate to be a recipient of funds from St. Baldrick’s Foundation,” said Dr. Howland Crosswell, a pediatric oncologist in the Bi-Lo Charities Children’s Cancer Center at GHS. “With their support, we can provide our patients with even greater access to potentially life-saving clinical trials. 
Grant applications were reviewed based on the need of the institution and the anticipated results of the grant. Institutions were also considered based on the level of participation of the local community in St. Baldrick’s events. St. Baldrick’s volunteer event organizers led the way to raising over $16.4 million in 2009 alone and more than $69 million since 2000; making the funding of institutions like GHS possible.
“Our volunteers and donors give hope to children and families touched by this dreadful disease,” says Kathleen Ruddy, Executive Director for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “Their passion and dedication to the cause turn that hope into reality and have helped make grants like these possible.”
In 2009, there were six St. Baldrick’s events held in South Carolina, including one in Greenville at Falls Park on the Reedy River.  These events; in cities like Charleston, Columbia, and Myrtle Beach had more than 271 people brave a shave to help Conquer Kids’ Cancer.  In total, these events raised more than $88,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
About The St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation makes grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and to find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The Foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is grateful to its many volunteers (bald or not!), donors and sponsors, including Allied World, elope and PartnerRe. For more information about St. Baldrick’s, please call 1-888-899-BALD.