$43,940 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Awarded to The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center

(November 18, 2014) – 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, $43,940 grant to The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC). This grant is one of 40 infrastructure grants awarded as part of the Foundation’s fall grant cycle, totaling more than $2.5 million – surpassing last year’s total awarded during this same period. 

Infrastructure support from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation will sustain The Children’s Hospital at MUMC’s pediatric oncology nurse navigator (PONN) and will enhance clinical trial services for their pediatric oncology patients. Helping fund a PONN allows the hospital to provide a consistent point of contact for patients/families to ease their concerns, assure continuity of care, and continually highlight the important benefits of clinical trial participation. 

“Not only does a St. Baldrick’s event raise incredible research dollars that trickle down to the patient’s bedside, but it also generates an excitement and energy in communities helping bring a voice to childhood cancer,” said Martin Johnston, M.D., pediatric hematology/oncology division chief at The Children’s Hospital at MUMC. “Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts each day, not to mention your hair – you truly are making a difference.”

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.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick’s coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $154 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1-888-899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 654-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.