News Release

Friday, January 16, 2009

Contact: George Stinnett, (757) 668-7043, George.Stinnett@chkd.org

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Awards $49,641 Grant to Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

Grant is part of more than $2.4 million awarded in grants in Fall 2008

NORFOLK, VA – St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, awarded a grant of $49,641 to Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. 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; Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is one of 28 institutions to receive funding as part of St. Baldrick’s Fall grants which totaled over $2.4 million.

Funding will be used to support CHKD’s research programs, including Children’s Oncology Group (COG) research led by Dr. Eric Lowe, director of the hospital’s pediatric oncology research program and principal investigator for COG studies. The COG is the world’s largest childhood cancer cooperative research organization.

“At CHKD, children with cancer receive the very best care, and our doctors participate in the latest research protocols that help children fight the disease with the fewest possible side effects,” Dr. Lowe said. “Treatment and progress are closely monitored, and our entire team works in collaboration with other pediatric oncologists who are members of COG to ensure that we are all doing all we can for each child who comes to us.”

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.”

CHKD follows about 500 childhood cancer patients, ranging in age from 0 to the mid-20s. On average, more than 70 new cases are diagnosed annually. Children with cancer and their families have special needs that can best be met by children's cancer centers like the one at CHKD. Treatment of childhood cancer in specialized centers takes advantage of a team of specialists who know the differences between adult and childhood cancers, as well as the unique needs of children with cancers. The CHKD team includes pediatric oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pediatric oncology nurses and nurse practitioners. The treatment of childhood cancer also involves many professionals other than nurses and doctors. CHKD has specially trained psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists and educators who can support and educate the entire family.

About Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,200 inpatient admissions and 219,500 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.

About The St. Baldrick’s Foundation The St. Baldrick’s Foundation coordinates worldwide head-shaving events, with volunteer “shavees” raising money to support childhood cancer research. Since 2000, head-shavings have taken place in 18 countries and 48 U.S. states, raising more than $51 million, and shaving more than 73,000 heads.

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!) and donors, including HeadBlade Ultimate Headcare, PartnerRe, elope and QBE for making life-saving childhood cancer research possible. For more information about St. Baldrick’s, please call 1-888-899-BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.