The V Foundation and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Announce Grant to Support Lifesaving Childhood Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, two organizations dedicated to funding the best childhood cancer research, have joined together to support the work of Hui Li, Ph.D., a researcher at University of Virginia Children’s Hospital and UVA Cancer Center.

Dr. Li, named the St. Baldrick’s V Scholar, received a three-year grant for a total of $330,000 to support his research project focused on alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, one of the most common tumors diagnosed in children and adolescents. Despite efforts, this type of cancer remains mysterious, with no effective therapy currently available for advanced staged patients. Dr. Li and his team are looking to discover the point of origin for tumor development and hope that results from the study will lead to a better understanding of the disease and to the development of more effective therapeutic approaches.

“Dr. Li received a V Scholar award from The V Foundation in 2010,” said Susan Braun, Chief Executive Officer of The V Foundation. “We are delighted to co-fund this grant with St. Baldrick’s to extend his important research to save the lives of children with cancer.”

This grant is part of more than $24.7 million awarded by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to institutions across the country in its 2014 summer grant cycle. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $152 million to support lifesaving pediatric cancer research. The V Foundation has awarded more than $115 million in grants since 1993.

“We are honored to collaborate with The V Foundation on this important award,” said Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “Our goal is that this grant will have a positive impact on the kids battling alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma and find better treatment options with less side effects, and ultimately a cure for this horrible disease.”