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$50k Cancer Center Grant to Support Research Nursing Time

November 11, 2010
Lebanon, NH

Jack van Hoff, MD

The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, awarded an infrastructure grant of $49,992 to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Infrastructure grants provide institutions with resources to make more research possible and treat more kids through clinical trials; their best hope for a cure.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation currently funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. This year alone, St. Baldrick's volunteers have helped fund more than $14 million in funding for childhood cancer research. Dartmouth-Hitchcock, home to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (Norris Cotton Cancer Center) and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, is one of 25 institutions to receive funding as part of the Foundation's fall grants which totaled more than $1.3 million. 

Worldwide, 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. With only three percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick's grants are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

Due to location, pediatric oncology at Norris Cotton Cancer Center provides the most convenient, and sometimes the only, opportunity for enrollment on cancer clinical trials for children living in most of New Hampshire and much of Vermont. Previous funding from the Foundation enabled Norris Cotton Cancer Center to hire a research nurse, allowing the Center to open additional studies and increase the enrollment on those studies by 75 percent. This year's grant will allow the program to retain the research nurse and continue to offer increased clinical trial opportunities.

"We are very pleased to receive this grant from the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which will be directed to support research nursing time," said Jack van Hoff, MD, a pediatric oncologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and program leader of the pediatric cancer program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. "This grant will allow us to expand our research program, particularly into areas that evaluate quality of life during and following therapy."

Grant applications were reviewed based on the need of the institution and the anticipated results of the grant. Institutions were also considered based on the level of participation of the local community in St. Baldrick's Foundation events. St. Baldrick's signature head-shaving events are the fastest growing volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefitting childhood cancer research and this year, the organization's community has helped raise more than $21.9 million. Since 2000, more than $90 million has been raised to Conquer Kids' Cancer.

About the St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation makes grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and to find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The Foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is grateful to its many volunteers (bald or not!), donors and sponsors, including Allied World, Barbicide, Dowling & Partners, elope, Markit, and PartnerRe. For more information about St. Baldrick's, please call
1-888-899-BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.

For more information contact Rick Adams at (603) 653-1910.

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