For the 10th consecutive year, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has received a grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which provides support to clinical trials that give kids access to better treatments so they can live long and healthy lives.
The grant of $57,412 supports work directed by Thomas McLean, M.D., professor of pediatrics, in the section on hematology and oncology at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest Baptist.
“Clinical trials offer cutting-edge therapies and are one of the main reasons four out of five children with cancer can now be cured,” said McLean. “The support we’ve received from St. Baldrick’s has allowed us to enroll more of our patients in clinical trials here at Wake Forest Baptist without the disruption that travel to another research site brings to children and their families.”
St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research and to funding the most promising research initiatives. Since 2009, it has provided more than $900,000 to support childhood cancer research trials at Wake Forest Baptist.