Press Release – IRVINE, CA (April 3, 2018) – The government allocates only 4% of annual funding for cancer research towards pediatric cancer research. Pediatric cancer researchers rely on private foundations such as the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) to support projects that would otherwise go unfunded. PCRF is proud to award 9 new grants with a total of 17 grants in 2019. These new grants are comprised of three Basic Science, two Translational and four Emerging Research grants totaling $565,000. PCRF is funding over $2.2 million in total funding in 2019. Each of these grants are designed to improve the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases.

Pediatric cancer is a growing problem worldwide. Every 2 minutes, a child gets the news that they have cancer. The lives of many children and their families have been profoundly impacted by grants funded by PCRF.

“PCRF continues to rank as one of the best charities to support as defined by Charity Navigator and Guidestar,” said Jeri Wilson, Executive Director of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. “When donors support our foundation, they can be assured their gifts will be used to support this superior class of researchers listed below”.

New Pediatric Cancer Research Grants in 2019

For the last 36 years, PCRF has remained committed to funding cutting edge research endeavors at leading institutions across the country. The following principal investigators and institutions have been awarded a new grant in 2019:

-Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Lingling Chen, M.D.

-Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brian Crompton, M.D.

-Stanford University, Agnieszka Czechowicz, M.D., Ph.D.

-Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Stewart Goldman, M.D.

-Baylor College of Medicine, Sarah Injac, M.D., Ph.D

-Stanford University, Kathleen Sakamoto, M.D., Ph.D.

-Seattle Children’s Hospital, Surojit Sarkar, Ph.D.

-University of California, San Francisco, Elliot Stieglitz, M.D.

-Dan-Farber Cancer Institute, Ting Tao, Ph.D.

PCRF is unique in its approach to funding pediatric cancer research. Working directly with doctors and researchers, the foundation identifies the challenges faced in bringing new treatments to and caring for children with cancer. This careful distribution of grants has allowed these doctors to speed up the process of bringing the latest and most promising treatments. The result is bringing hope to pediatric cancer patients now and in the future.

PCRF is making tremendous strides toward cures and better outcomes for so many children with cancer. To see all researchers and where PCRF is funding near you, visit the grants page on the PCRF website. To learn how you can get involved, visit www.pcrf-kids.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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