Thursday, October 4, 2012

The State of The Fight

This is a wonderful article by Dr. Robert Arceci, M.D., Ph.D., and chair of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee. It's full of important information (including a great graphic too big to post here), with this being the highlight, I think:

Research makes all the difference. However, with the National Cancer Institute committing approximately 4 percent of their budget in 2011 to childhood cancer research funding and recent reports from the National Institute of Health showing research funding has reached its lowest point in history, there is a crucial need for alternative means to provide grants to researchers that will enable them to continue projects that show promise. Without this, research that could lead to improved cancer survival rates and treatment advances will be delayed or never reach their full potential. Added to this challenge is the fact that pharmaceutical companies often shy away from developing childhood cancer drugs because of low profit levels (only 2 drugs have been approved by the FDA in the last 20 years to treat children with cancer).
This is why we do what we do. Join us, and let's CONQUER childhood cancer!

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