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January 24, 2014
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate receives $56,100 grant from St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded a one-year infrastructure grant of $56,100 to Upstate Medical University. This grant is one of 39 infrastructure grants awarded as part of the foundation’s  grant cycle last fall, totaling more than $2.2 million in pediatric oncology research.

The award will support the work at the Dr William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, which provides oncology care to children, adolescents, and young adults.

“By being active members in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), we are able to offer patients state of the art clinical trials,” said Karol Kerr, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. “This is possible with the combined efforts of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the community, and with the dedicated staff at our children’s hospital. We continue to strive to cure children with cancer and provided support to their families.”

Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the United States will not survive. A recent study shows that of those that survive, 80 percent will suffer from severe or life-threatening conditions as a result of treatment.

“While fewer than five percent of adults with cancer participate in a clinical trial, more than 60 percent of childhood cancer patients receive their treatment as part of a clinical trial, designed to offer the best cutting-edge treatment or one that may be better than today’s standard,” said Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is proud to fund this latest round of infrastructure grants, many of which will make more clinical trials available for children closer to their homes. This offers today’s patients more hope and tomorrow’s patients more progress through research.”

Caption: Karol Kerr, MD, is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Upstate Cancer Center.

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