LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clinical trials provide kids with cancer their best chance at a cure. Since government funding for childhood cancer research is limited, research institutions depend on private organizations to support all phases of research so that the best and safest treatments will be made available for patients. Nearly 40 childhood cancer institutions across the country will receive infrastructure grants from the St. Baldrick's Foundation to provide resources that will allow them to conduct innovative research and give more children the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.
A joint program was created from three Chicago institutions, with the support of St. Baldrick's infrastructure grants, to enroll patients on Children's Oncology Group (COG) clinical trials. As a result, since 2008, there have been over 700 enrollments onto dozens of COG Clinical Trials at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Rush Medical Centers and Stroger Medical Center. Without this program, many of these patients would not have access to such cutting-edge treatments. Most infrastructure grants support research personnel who are responsible for opening and coordinating clinical trials. These grants also help ensure that grants are made in geographic areas where the need is high and St. Baldrick's volunteers are active. "The St. Baldrick's Foundation is thrilled to fund this latest round of grants, which provides pediatric cancer treatment teams across the U.S. with the critical support they need to find cures and better treatments," said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St. Baldrick's. "With these funds, these institutions will be able to enroll more children on lifesaving clinical trials, and complete the studies that are currently in progress. We are very thankful for our dedicated volunteers and donors who make these grants possible." Infrastructure grants are 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.