CHORI Researchers Receive St. Baldrick’s Grant

Childhood cancer patients depend on clinical trials to find better, safer cures that can prevent lifelong damage as a result of radiation and chemotherapy. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland has received an infrastructure grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to grow early-phase clinical trials.

Funding from St. Baldrick’s, totaling $93,023, will help UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland enroll patients who have cancers that are difficult to treat, into an early-phase and novel therapeutics program at the hospital, which may provide them with their best hope for treatment.

“The St. Baldrick’s grant is invaluable to our institution and we hope it will be the stimulus for significant growth in our early phase and novel therapeutics program,” said Anurag K. Agrawal, MD, pediatric oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. “We dedicate and commit ourselves to utilizing these funds for the growth of our program so we can positively impact the lives of children.” 

Infrastructure grants are awarded based on the need of the institution and its patients, anticipated results of the grant, and local participation in St. Baldrick’s fundraising events and activities.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is no stranger to St. Baldrick’s signature head-shaving events. Since 2008, donors and participants in St. Baldrick's "Brave the Shave" events have raised more than $1.6 million for childhood cancer research, and have seen nearly 2,000 people shave their heads to stand in solidarity with kids with cancer.

Learn how you can donate or participate in the "Brave-the-Shave" event on March 11 held at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.

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