Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation makes donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
February 3, 2011
(New York) – The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation Inc. has awarded a $22,500 grant to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to help fund a historic initiative to study the genetic causes of childhood cancer.
The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Genome Project is a pioneering research collaboration to spend three years sequencing the normal and cancer genomes of approximately 600 pediatric cancer patients. This project is among the largest in St. Jude’s history. The effort involves comparing healthy and cancerous tissues from the same patient to better understand the DNA mutations and other changes that drive childhood cancers.
“Mr. and Mrs. Silvian had a tremendous love for children, and I’m sure if they were alive today, they would see the promise in genome research and support it,” said Daniel Komansky, foundation president.
Since opening in 1962, St. Jude, the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital, has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. No child is ever denied medical treatment because of a family’s inability to pay.
The Pediatric Cancer Genome Project will include a public database where information, once validated, will be shared with the international scientific community with the goal to accelerate progress against childhood cancer.
The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation Inc. was created by the late Cindy Silvian in 2005 and funded by a bequest at her death in 2007, Komansky said. The foundation makes grants to organizations that fulfill certain purposes including children’s welfare, medical care and medical research. The Silvians were distinguished citizens of Long Beach, New York.
The foundation’s most recent grant to St. Jude brings the Silvian Foundation’s contributions to the hospital to $60,000 over the last three years. Previous grants of $17,500 and $20,000 were directed to fund research in medulloblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor.
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