WASHINGTON, June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representing the St. Baldrick's Foundation today at Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Summit is Danielle Leach, St. Baldrick's director of government relations and advocacy. The Summit is being held at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and will bring to together advocates, patients, survivors, doctors and researchers to discuss ways to accelerate cancer research and turn ideas into action.
"Named to the Pediatric Cancer Working Group of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative Blue Ribbon panel, the St. Baldrick's Foundation is committed to making sure childhood cancer research makes it to the forefront of discussion and is included as a national priority," said Leach. "We come to this Moonshot Summit in honor, and in defense of all children with cancer. We will continue to bring children's voices to the discussion table as we talk about the need for action and progress in childhood cancer. As a mom whose son died from brain cancer, I am happy see so many willing to create change together."
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick's is committed to funding the most promising research. St. Baldrick's supports collaborative research through consortium grants and an annual multi-million dollar grant to the Children's Oncology Group. Through Fellow and Scholar awards, St. Baldrick's supports young investigators which provide the resources needed to develop their research and later apply for government funding.
St. Baldrick's is working hard to make sure the pediatric medical community is also heard. The Foundation surveyed all St. Baldrick's funded researchers, both past and present, resulting in 275 responses on recommendations for the Moonshot Initiative. Leach will be armed with these results, as well as her personal experience of losing her son, Mason, to childhood cancer in 2007, as she joins the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel.
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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 StBaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.
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