St. Baldrick's Foundation Expands Global Support of Pediatric Cancer Research with Foundation's First Canadian Grant

    Grant will benefit pediatric oncology research at Toronto's Hospital for
Sick Children

    PASADENA, CALIF., November 27 /CNW/ - The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a
non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer
research, has awarded its first pediatric oncology research grant in Canada.
The grant, totaling approximately $50,000 (USD), will expand existing oncology
research at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. Awarded to
Sylvain Baruchel, Ph.D., the grant will fund clinical trials aimed at
identifying therapies to prevent disease progression in pediatric sarcomas
which typically have lower survival rates than other forms of cancer.

    "St. Baldrick's is proud to support the promising childhood cancer
research that is taking place in Canada," says Kathleen Ruddy, Executive
Director, St. Baldrick's Foundation. "This research has the potential to
impact children and their families across the world which is the mission of
the St. Baldrick's Foundation. We look forward to expanding our presence in
Canada in the coming year."

    Although the St. Baldrick's Foundation did not hold any events in Canada
in 2007, Jonathan Beach, President and CEO of Beach and Associates, an
independently owned reinsurance intermediary headquartered in Toronto, was
brave enough to get bald, and shaved his head at the Jim Brady's event in New
York City. Beach raised nearly $50,000 (USD) for his efforts. "I've seen so
many of my counterparts in the financial community worldwide shave their heads
to help these kids that I had to take my turn before the clippers this year. I
was astounded by the outpouring of support from my friends and co-workers
around the world once I announced my involvement. Shaving my head was a small
sacrifice for such an amazing cause," said Beach.

    The St. Baldrick's Foundation coordinates worldwide head-shaving events,
with volunteer "shavees" raising money to support childhood cancer research.
The action of shaving one's head at an event is to both raise funds and show
solidarity to the kids who typically lose their hair during cancer treatments.
Since 2000, head-shavings have taken place in 18 countries and 46 U.S. states,
raising more than $33 million, and shaving more than 46,000 heads.

    About The St. Baldrick's Foundation

    The St. Baldrick's Foundation, which became a non-profit organization in
late 2004, makes grants to research organizations that meet stringent criteria
and share the foundation's commitment to fiscal responsibility and emphasis on
research. St. Baldrick's research grants help fill crucial funding gaps at
medical institutions where children are treated for cancer, ensuring the
finest care for every child. St. Baldrick's Fellowships enable some of the
most promising new doctors to pursue pediatric cancer research as a career.
For more information about St. Baldrick's, please call 1-888-899-BALD or visit

For further information:

For further information: For The St. Baldrick's Foundation Jayme
Burnett, 919-334-3779

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