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St. Baldrick

Cancer doesn’t care which child it attacks.
Every few minutes, a parent learns it’s theirs.

In the United States, cancer kills more children than any other disease – more than asthma, AIDS, congenital anomalies, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes combined. Parents need information, support, and, most of all, hope. That’s why the American Cancer Society and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation have joined forces to fund vital research that can ease the cancer burden for families and kids with cancer. Together, we are funding research that will accelerate the development of improved treatments for kids with cancer – research that’s focused on improved survival with fewer toxic effects.  

This unique collaboration will empower both organizations to fund important research that isn’t currently part of existing childhood cancer research portfolios.  

In April 2021, our organizations announced eight childhood cancer research grant awards totaling nearly $4 million. These joint-funded projects will utilize a unique approach by leveraging existing clinical trial cohorts to gain new information that will help lead to new discoveries. Utilizing existing clinical trial cohorts creates opportunities to accelerate discoveries to more quickly impact mortality rates and quality of life for childhood cancer patients. But there’s much more promising science out there that can help children with cancer – and every dollar you donate this year can be used to fund additional research. Cancer doesn’t care who it attacks, so offer your support today and help us stop cancer now – before it picks even one more child. 

More about childhood cancers:

  • Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for children and adolescents ages 1-19, and 1 in 264 children and adolescents will develop cancer before the age of 20. 
  • Although progress that boosts survival has been made against some pediatric cancers, there are still several types with low survival rates or no known cure. 
  • Many children who survive suffer from chronic and late toxic effects of their treatments.  According to a 2017 study supported by St. Baldrick’s: 
    • Childhood cancer survivors treated several decades ago have twice the burden of chronic disease compared with the general population at age 45 years. 
    • By age 50, survivors of childhood cancer have experienced approximately five severe or life-threatening chronic health conditions on average. 

Join St. Baldrick’s and American Cancer Society in the fight against childhood cancers. 

Cancer doesn’t care. But we do.