The St. Baldrick’s Foundation awarded a $60,000 grant to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center last week as part of $1.7 million in funds distributed to hospitals across the country to treat more kids on clinical trials.
These grants will support the development of more clinical trials, often considered a child’s best chance for a cure, the foundation said in a news release.
The grant is made possible by the local Albuquerque area community raising more than $92,000 this year through St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants.
“The majority of childhood cancer patients are treated on a clinical trial,” said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St. Baldrick’s in a statement. “Clinical trials offer children either the best-known treatment, or one that may prove to be better. Research relies on enrolling large numbers of patients on clinical trials to ensure results are meaningful and advancements are made. Funding from St. Baldrick’s will ensure more kids have access to clinical trials, giving them a better chance at a cure.”
For more information, visit www.stbaldricks.org.
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