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Grant to support pediatric cancer research in South Texas

A grant from St. Baldrick's Foundation to the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic in South Texas will provide resources for research, enabling the clinic to enroll more children in clinical trials.

The one-year, $80,670 infrastructure grant is part of a series of grants from the foundation to institutions to boost pediatric cancer research.

Care within the region

The clinic was created through a joint effort of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation Inc., Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Its goal is to ensure that local children who suffer from cancer and blood diseases receive the most up-to-date care and treatment without the need to leave the region and regardless of ability to pay.

"We are committed to providing the best care possible to patients in South Texas, and one of the ways we can do that is by continuing to advance treatments through clinical trials," said Dr. David Poplack, professor of pediatric oncology at BCM and director of the Texas Children¹s Cancer Center.

Need based grants

The infrastructure grants were awarded based on the need of the institution and its patients, anticipated results of the grant and local participation in St. Baldrick’' events.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded more than $100 million to support lifesaving research.