Every year, the Foundation selects five Ambassadors to represent the thousands of kids touched by childhood cancer from many different geographic areas, age groups, disease types and more. These brave kids serve as a reminder that childhood cancer doesn't discriminate and that one in five kids diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive.

The Ambassadors and their families allow the St. Baldrick’s community the opportunity to follow their stories for a year, sharing a glimpse into the lives of families taking on the realities of childhood cancer. Their stories inspire thousands of St. Baldrick’s participants, volunteers, and donors to take action and make a difference for children with cancer.

St. Baldrick’s 2014 Ambassadors

Alan S.


San Antonio, TX


Unclassified Sarcoma

Current Status

Forever 5

They called him Mr. Cheeks for the frequent, easy smiles that stretched across his face. Alan was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in his hip at 17 months old, but for the five short years he graced this earth, Alan was pure joy.

He was such an active, engaged child that it was hard to keep him occupied during long hospital stays. “Alan was unstoppable,” his mom says. He learned to walk three times in his short life: as a toddler, as his hip recovered from the tumor damage, and again after having his hip removed.

Alan loved monochromatic animals – penguins, zebras and pandas. He loved reading, learning, and exploring. But most of all, Alan loved numbers – counting them, adding them, punching them into his calculator, pressing them on the elevator.

Alan couldn’t wait to go to school like his big brother and biggest hero, Kevin. When his first day of preschool finally arrived, he cried when it was time to go home.

Alan passed away on January 17, 2013, after battling cancer for most of his life. Alan’s parents vowed to continue the fight through the Hero Fund they established at St. Baldrick’s in his name.

Alan’s life was far too short, but his bright light shines on through the countless lives he touched, in the research for a cure that is funded in his memory, and in the hope that the research gives to the children and families who follow in his footsteps.

Alan’s story continues on our blog...

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