St. Baldrick’s Foundation and TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation Partner to Back the Work of Dr. Erica Braverman at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

St. Baldrick’s Foundation and TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation Partner to Back the Work of Dr. Erica Braverman at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh TrialsiteN

A prominent non-government funder of childhood research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, formalized a partnership with the Dallas, Texas, based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. Combined they will help fund the work of Dr. Erica Braverman at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, who is working on finding a way to alter tumor-targeting immune cells, which make them last longer when the cells are given back to the patients. The goal: introduce long-term cures for childhood cancer without the need for additional treatment. These organizations are on a mission to overcome childhood cancers.

Oncologists have been experimenting with new cancer therapies, like CAR-T cell therapy, that uses the patient’s immune system to fight against their cancer. Although the treatment has shown promise, there are many cases in which it does not work. Unfortunately, once cancers have resisted a specific treatment once, it is difficult to use the same treatment again. Dr. Braverman at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh aims to make the altered immune cells last longer. If successful, it could allow long-term cures for childhood cancer without the need for further treatment. 

“The TeamConnor board of directors had a unanimous vote in November 2020 to move forward and co-fund this research grant with St. Baldrick’s for Dr. Braverman. We are thankful for our generous donors who make the important research funding possible,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.

This partnership is an important step in revolutionizing childhood cancer treatments, and if the research is successful, will positively impact the lives of families everywhere. 

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Every 2 minutes a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer. In the U.S., 1 in 5 will not survive. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants, is on a mission to give kids a lifetime by supporting the most promising research to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. When you give to St. Baldrick’s, you don’t just give to one institution – you support virtually every institution with the expertise to treat kids with cancer across the U.S. St. Baldrick’s ensures that children fighting cancer now — and those diagnosed in the future — will have access to the most cutting-edge treatment, by supporting every stage of research.

About TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation

The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for national childhood cancer research programs, build awareness for increased funding of childhood cancer research, and to support inpatient programs. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) by Connor’s mother, Joy Cruse, and shortly thereafter the first board of directors was established. Since TeamConnor’s inception in 2008, the organization has donated more than $4.5 million to hospitals and research facilities throughout the country. TeamConnor would not be successful without its generous donors and supporters who give generously as well as those who attend the fundraising events throughout the year. 

Lead Research/Investigator

Erica Braverman, MD at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh