Kids Beating Cancer awards $126,200 grant for Glioblastoma research at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted on: June 7th, 2023

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Kids Beating Cancer is pleased to announce the continued support of research focusing on novel oncology treatments with $126,200 being awarded to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Co-Principal investigators receiving this grant are Shawn Hingtgen, PhD; Scott Elton, PhD; Oleh Taratula, PhD and James Baumgartner, MD. With this grant, the research team can further investigate an exciting new approach in the treatment of Glioblastoma–the most common primary brain tumor that is often diagnosed in children between the ages of five and nine. The median survival rate is approximately 12 months and has not improved significantly in over 30 years. This research will use stem cells and hyperthermia to treat Glioblastoma tumors. If successful, this treatment could be a significant step towards a cure.

There are still too many pediatric cancers that do not have improved outcomes and it is only through funding research that new discoveries will be found” states Margaret Guedes, President, Founder & CEO of Kids Beating Cancer who founded the organization after the loss of her son to leukemia.

Kids Beating Cancer is dedicated to ending childhood cancer through research grants supporting innovative, novel research projects that have the greatest potential for advancement into promising life-saving treatments for children with cancer. Kids Beating Cancer was founded in 1992 with the mission to provide access to life-saving treatments for children diagnosed with cancer, funding pediatric cancer research for improved outcomes, moving new discoveries to patient care, all while supporting children and their families throughout the journey to a cure. Kids Beating Cancer has raised over $29 million to fund life-saving programs for children and their families.

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