Maryknoll Alum Awarded Childhood Cancer Research Grant

Maryknoll alumnus Natalie Kamada '15, currently a sophomore at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program, has been awarded a $5,000 research grant from The St. Baldrick's Foundation. She will spend the summer leading into her junior year at UH working at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) with Bruce Shiramizu, MD, a childhood cancer expert.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. The organization, which works closely with volunteers to raise money through various fundraisers, awarded more than $24.1 million in childhood research grants in 2016. The University of Hawaii at Manoa is one of 21 universities to receive the 2017 St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow grant. 

During her fellowship, Natalie will be working in a pediatric oncology setting to further understand "how cancers affect children and to aid in the early detection of cancer cells that could lead to relapse." 

Provided she stays in good standing with UH, Natalie will enter medical school at the John A. Burns School of Medicine after she graduates. Natalie was one of ten students to be accepted into the Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program in 2015 and is currently under scholarship through JABSOM. She is interested in studying pediatrics, radiology, and oncology.

Congratulations, Natalie! We are so proud of your achievements!