St. Baldrick’s Foundation Announces a $73,011 Grant to JABSOMʻs Shiramizu

St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a $73,011 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant to Bruce Shiramizu, M.D., the University of Hawai’i Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine. He is also an associate member of the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center.

Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and it remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. With only 3 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

Dr. Shiramizu, pictured in his lab at the UH medical school, is one of 21 recipients to receive funding in the research grant category from the Foundation. His research focuses on non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The risk of relapse in NHL patients could be related to the ability to completely kill all NHL cells in the body. This study aims to determine if remaining lymphoma cells (residual disease) have been killed. If there is residual disease, further therapy may be required.

“We are grateful for the funding that allows the research work to be performed in our laboratory in collaboration with the Children’s Oncology Group NHL Committee” said Dr. Shiramizu. “We will be able to determine if the assay that will be performed as part of an international collaborative treatment protocol is able to detect NHL cells in children and adolescents who are diagnosed and treated for their NHL.”

This grant is part of more than $19.6 million in new grants by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, bringing the total to more than $21 million awarded for the fiscal year. All funding applications were peer-reviewed by leading pediatric cancer researchers who volunteer their time and expertise and make funding recommendations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s board of directors. The Foundation’s next round of grants will be announced in October.

St. Baldrick’s signature head-shaving events are the fastest growing, volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefitting childhood cancer research. In 2011, the Foundation’s volunteers and supporters have led the way to raising a record-breaking $26.8 million by organizing more than 1,000 St. Baldrick’s events and shaving more than 44,000 heads to stand in solidarity with kids with cancer.

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About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $76 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.

University of Hawai’i photo.

This press release originated with the St. Baldricks Foundation.

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