Written by The Business Journal Staff
Valley Children’s Healthcare has received two generous donations in support of its Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program—a $100,000 grant from the Isnardi Foundation and a $40,000 award from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Established in 2009, Valley Children’s Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program aims to promote healthy lifestyles in former cancer patients as they enter adulthood. It also advances research efforts to discover the most effective cancer treatments with the least amount of late effects on survivors.
The Isnardi Foundation has supported local non-profit organizations that improve the quality of life and wellbeing of those in the community since it was established in 2006. The foundation gifted $100,000 to the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Endowment in 2015, bringing its total contribution to the program to $200,000.
“We are honored to continue our philanthropic support of Valley Children’s,” Peter Tocchini, a member of the Isnardi Foundation’s Board of Directors, said in a statement. “We believe that improving the lives of future generations is vital to the health of our community. Valley Children’s Survivorship Program will continue to play a major role in preventing the lifelong damage faced by childhood cancer survivors.”
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, awarded an infrastructure grant of $40,000 to the program. St. Baldrick’s has donated almost $360,000 to Valley Children’s since 2009.
“This grant will allow us to continue to increase access to our program to high-risk, underserved populations and identify better ways to serve our patients and improve outcomes,” Dr. John Gates, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist and director of Valley Children’s Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program said in a statement.