Los Angeles, CA, November 02, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, today announced that Robert Arceci, M.D., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Amy Bucher, who has been actively advocating for increased funding for childhood cancer research since her oldest daughter was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in 2007, were elected to its board of directors at its fall meeting in New York City.
“We are thrilled to have the leadership experience of Dr. Robert Arceci and Amy Bucher on our board,” says John Bender, chairman of the board and co-founder of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “Dr. Arceci will bring his extensive knowledge as a pediatric oncologist while Amy will help us to better understand the severe impact that childhood cancer can have on a family. The talent and diverse expertise of our board has always been one of St. Baldrick’s key assets, and we are excited for them to share their insight and wisdom to help us Conquer Kids’ Cancer!”
Currently holding the position of King Fahd Professor of Pediatric Oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., Dr. Arceci is passionate about helping kids with cancer. Dr. Arceci attended medical school at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., completed his residency at the Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston and fulfilled his fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Boston and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. Arceci is particularly interested in translational research in pediatric malignancies and optimizing comprehensive care for children and adolescents with cancer. Dr. Arceci will serve as a member of the board and help lead efforts of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisors.
Amy Bucher is the proud mother of 2011 Ambassador Kid, Arden Bucher, who died in 2008 at the age of three during her second stem cell transplant. Amy is now a full-time stay-at-home mom to her two children Grayson and Zoey, while staying involved in the fight for more effective, less toxic treatments for children with cancer. Prior to motherhood, she was a high school English teacher and earned her Master’s degree in Literature and Pedagogy from the University of Delaware in 2000. Before returning to graduate school, she spent four years as a systems coordinator/project administrator at Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company. Her experience in the corporate world gave her a broadened professional perspective that she was able to apply in the public sector. As an original member of the St. Baldrick’s team, 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave, Amy shaved her head for St. Baldrick’s in September of 2010. Amy looks forward to her next career as a child life therapist and to serving as a member of the board.
The two new board members join a 10-member board that oversees the organization’s policies and objectives, reviews and approves the allocation of grant funds, and ensures the Foundation is diligently working towards its mission.
About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $76 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.