$50,000 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Awarded to Hackensack University Medical Center

November 16, 2015 12:57 PM

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 the Hackensack University Medical Center. This grant is one of 33 infrastructure grants awarded as part of the Foundation’s fall grant cycle, totaling $2 million.

Funding from St. Baldrick’s will be used to fund a clinical research assistant (CRA) for the medical center’s pediatric brain tumor program. The CRA position will be a tremendous benefit to the program as they move forward in opening several pediatric brain tumor trials.

HackensackUMC will open two studies. One trial will look at the use of a new drug, 2-hydroxyoleic acid for the treatment of advanced brain and other solid tumors.  HackensackUMC will be the lead institution in partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on this Phase I study. The second is a multi-center trial out of Johns Hopkins University examining the role of radiation therapy in patients with Wnt positive medulloblastoma. 

“This grant will be a critical stepping stone to building the pediatric neuro-oncology program here at Hackensack University Medical Center,” said Derek Hanson, M.D., Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Pediatric Cancer Institute. “Building a new program is a difficult task and having this financial support will allow us to take a big step forward in our research efforts.”


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.”

To learn how you can get involvedvisit www.StBaldricks.org, and connect with St. Baldrick’s on social media via Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeand Vimeo.

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $178 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.





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