Kendal's doctor, Dr .Veneris, was just awarded a $100,000 grant for his research. This is very exciting news!  We have believed in his research from the beginning. This was the only thing that could touch Kendal's cancer.  They learned a lot from her and we know that HOPE is on the horizon for these kids!


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$100,000 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Awarded to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Grant to Support Innovative Research


MINNEAPOLIS (August 22, 2012) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a one-year, $100,000 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant to Michael Verneris, M.D., pediatric oncologist at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Dr. Verneris’ research focuses on finding better treatment options for children diagnosed with leukemia. Previous studies have shown that the immune system can recognize and destroy leukemia. However, this process is inefficient. Dr. Verneris is working to design drugs that bring elements of the immune system in close contact with the disease. This has the immediate effect of killing the leukemia and the long-term potential of “training” the immune system to recognize and remember the leukemia cells. These drugs are now being tested in clinical trials with impressive results and this research will create more effective forms of this therapy.


“This funding comes at a critical time in our research and will allow us to bring potentially life-saving drugs to the clinic,” said Dr. Verneris.



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