Vinitech is committed to the battle against childhood cancer and proudly supports the following two organizations.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – www.stjude.org
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. As per the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. The Cancer Center supports five major interdisciplinary research programs organized with the specific intent of translating basic science discoveries into curative therapies for children with cancer, while minimizing long-term side effects.
Their comprehensive disease-oriented programs focus on Developmental Biology and Solid Tumors, Hematological Malignancies, and Neurobiology and Brain Tumors; their Cancer Prevention and Control Program strives to improve the quality of life of individuals surviving childhood cancer; and their Cancer Genetics, Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program embeds basic cancer research within the heart of the center, facilitating direct interaction between the disease-oriented programs and the major laboratory resources in the center.
St. Jude also supports a shared resources program designed to accelerate research and foster innovation by freely sharing data and analytical tools with the global scientific community.
While St. Jude’s programs work to advance cures, Vinitech plays a role in helping with the home front. Each year, the entire Vinitech team looks forward to our traditional holiday shopping spree for children undergoing treatment. Our organization strongly believes in supporting St. Jude’s amazing mission and our staff members thoroughly enjoy hand picking an assortment of toys, games and crafts for the children. It brings our team immense joy knowing we may help to personally lift the spirits of a sick child or ease the struggle of a worried family while doctors work to bring those families home.
Smashing Walnuts Foundation – www.smashingwalnuts.org
The Smashing Walnuts Foundation is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of Childhood Cancer and raising funds for critically underfunded childhood brain cancer research.
After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in November 2012, Smashing Walnuts Co-Founder, 9-year old Gabriella Miller, became an avid childhood cancer activist focused on achieving greater awareness of childhood cancer and greater federal funding for childhood cancer research.
Her advocacy and no nonsense attitude challenged lawmakers and she quickly caught the attention of then house majority leader, Eric Cantor, who at the time was working on a Federal Pediatric Medical Research Act. The Act would redirect $126M over the course of 10 years from the Political Party Campaign Fund to a common fund for childhood cancer and disease research at the National Institutes of Health.
Gabriella succumbed to her cancer in October 2013 and shortly after the Act was renamed in her honor as the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. In March of 2014, just five months after her passing, the United States Senate voted unanimously to pass this Act and on April 3rd 2014, President Obama signed the Bill into law. On December 17th, 2014 The House and Senate approved the implementation and full funding of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. Today, the foundation continues to raise awareness of childhood cancer, and funding for targeted childhood brain cancer research.
Vinitech assists Smashing Walnuts through the donation of personnel time and business services. Co-Founder, Ginny Grivas, sits on the Advisory Committee and dedicates a significant portion of her time and energy to furthering Smashing Walnut’s mission through organizational strategy and foundation development.