Dr. Tammuella Singleton, chief of the section of pediatric oncology at Tulane Medical Center, is the recipient of a $50,000 infrastructure grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is very important to the pediatric oncology program at Tulane Medical Center, says Dr. Tammuella Singleton. (Photo by Caleb Chancey)
“This grant is important because it will help increase the momentum of our program’s post-Katrina rebuilding efforts,” says Singleton. “We are extremely grateful to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for its continued support.”
Prior to the storm, the Tulane Pediatric Oncology Program
was supported largely by the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials cooperative group that unites more than 8,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities and cancer centers across the globe. Total COG funding is based on the number of patients in the program. Following the hurricane, the city’s population was drastically reduced, which in turn affected patient population and support from COG.
“This St. Baldrick’s grant will help us provide for our patients as we continue to rebuild,” says Singleton, “as well as maintain our clinical research coordinator, who has dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to our program.”
This one-year grant is the seventh infrastructure grant awarded to Tulane by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation since 2005, bringing the cumulative total of its Tulane gifts to more than $314,000.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation coordinates its signature head-shaving events
worldwide, where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Through participation in these events, Tulane medical students have raised more than $300,000 via 600 shaved heads over the past six years.
Melanie Cross is manager of communications at the Tulane Cancer Center.