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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, awarded a grant of $85,000 to the University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology (Principal Investigator Prasad Mathew, MD). These grants are designated to either help institutions treat more kids on clinical trials (their best hope for a cure), or provide resources to make more research possible.

St. Baldrick’s began as a challenge between friends and has exploded into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s donors and volunteers made possible over $15 million in funding for childhood cancer research in 2008 alone. UNM is one of 28 institutions to receive funding as part of St. Baldrick’s Fall grants which totaled over $2.4 million.

St. Baldrick’s awards grants to institutions that meet stringent criteria and share the foundation’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and emphasis on research. St. Baldrick’s volunteer event organizers led the way to raising over $17 million in 2008 alone and St. Baldrick’s also considers these efforts in local communities to assist in determining grant recipients.

"Our volunteers and donors give hope to children and families touched by this dreadful disease," says Kathleen Ruddy, Executive Director for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. "Their passion and dedication to the cause turn that hope into reality and have helped make grants like these possible."