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.

Chase E. Age 5


Wheaton, IL


Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT) - brain and spine cancer



Chase loves baseball. So when he was diagnosed with an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor at just 2 years old, his parents used terms from his favorite sport to explain something no child should need to know — cancer.

The cancer was a baseball growing in his head, they told him, and the doctors were going to take it out. Now the little boy refers to his head as a baseball, both for the stitches that stretched across his scalp and for his cancer.

“Chase is incredibly resilient,” his mom says.

He has lingering effects from the treatment, including some permanent hearing and hair loss as well as some physical and mental challenges. Chase is also watched carefully, since the chemo he endured is known for causing heart damage.

He has been through brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Despite a recent clean bill of health, Chase’s cancer journey is not over. His latest MRI showed small growths in and around the tumor site, which his doctors are closely monitoring.

Like his favorite colors — blue or red — what he wants to be when he grows up changes by the day. Most recently he told his mom that he wanted to grow big and strong, like a tree.

Chase's whole family is passionate about St. Baldrick’s mission and has become involved because his cancer is so directly impacted by the need for research and by the Foundation’s efforts. Chase’s neuro-oncologist was a St. Baldrick’s Scholar and the study Chase participated in was funded by a St. Baldrick’s grant.

“There are no adequate words for the researchers. They are warriors and visionaries; the poets of science who see what could be and never stop fighting to make it a reality,” Chase’s mother said. “Our children wouldn’t be alive without their work.”

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Caroline Richards


Austin, TX




Forever 12

Since she was a little girl, Caroline roamed her Texas neighborhood bearing freshly baked goods and making friends with all the neighbors. Caroline’s giving spirit and contagious grin persisted through chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and physical therapy. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her right arm in January 2014, Caroline spent most of that year in the hospital in Houston.

Despite the treatment, Caroline’s disease continued to progress and she died on January 9, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

"We have learned that statistics don't matter — this disease is highly personalized.  Each child responds differently as we have learned with our many challenges over this past year," her father, Mark, said.

When Caroline felt well enough, she liked to go shopping and spend time with family, friends, her two Labradoodles, and her newest family member, Herbert the Hedgehog. She loved all holidays, but especially Easter and Christmas, when she relished picking out the perfect presents for her loved ones and decorating. Her motto with holiday decorations was "more is more"! 

Her mom, Lauren, said, "She was a 'giver' and loved to share happiness.  She once told me how much she loves to just make people laugh.”

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Sam Sommer


Highland Park, IL


Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)


Forever 8

Eight-year-old Sam loved all holidays. But being in treatment for acute myeloid leukemia made it difficult for him to celebrate his favorites — his birthday, Purim, Chanukah, and Halloween.

His parents, Phyllis and Michael, both rabbis, made Sam’s last Chanukah a very special one. Sam had talked about having a fireworks show for his funeral. Instead, they had fireworks to celebrate the Festival of Lights and their vibrant son. “He was totally transfixed by the fireworks show, knowing that it was for him but not able to enjoy it as much as I think he wished he could,” his mom, Phyllis, said. “It was so poignant for all of us to know that fireworks would always remind us of Sam, and we're hoping to make Chanukah fireworks a community tradition in the future.”

Sam’s spirit lives on in the work of his parents’ St. Baldrick’s event, 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave. Garbed in purple and green, Sam’s favorite colors, that group of shaving rabbis and supporters rallied for research in April 2014, raising more than $693,000.

Superman Sam, as he was appropriately known, was energetic, smart, and funny. He referred to his cancer as a “ninja” after he had relapsed, because the cancer was strong and sly. Sam loved monster trucks, dragons and the James Bond movie soundtracks. He had a fondness for McDonald’s and pizza. But most of all, he loved his family. He looked up to his big brother, David, and Sam tried to do everything he did, whether he was old enough to or not. He lovingly bickered with his sister, Yael, who eventually shaved her head with St. Baldrick’s in honor of her brother. He adored his baby brother, Solomon, and Solomon loved Sam back intensely.

“Solly talks about Sammy constantly now, as though he is a regular part of his life,” Phyllis said. “But he also tells me, nearly every night, how much he misses Sam.”

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Daisy W. Age 9


Aurora, CO


Brain or spinal cord tumor


In treatment

Daisy's signature belly laugh was big, full of happiness and irrepressible. Since the 8-year-old completed treatment for medulloblastoma, a brain tumor, that easy, frequent laughter is slowly making a comeback.

The treatment and surgery left Daisy with hearing loss, paralyzed facial muscles, and nerve damage, but her spirit has remained intact. “Daisy has had amazing resilience since the beginning of her journey into this world. She is really a happy little girl,” her mother said. “Her happiness, joy, and strength radiate within her, helping her persevere in whatever struggles she has had to endure.”

Daisy has a best friend in her sister, Isabella, who is three years older. She is eager to do whatever her sister wants to do, and it’s no sacrifice for her. She likes making other people happy.

The family celebrates June 19, when Daisy was placed into her mother’s arms on her adoption day, which they have dubbed “'Forever Family Day.” They also like to observe Chinese New Year, to help Daisy stay connected to her Chinese culture. Another favorite holiday of Daisy’s is Easter — no egg is safe from her zest for decorating.

This determined little girl doesn’t look up to a superhero or a celebrity. Rightly so, Daisy said that she is her own hero, because, "I like me!”

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Aaron Thompson Age 18


Lawrenceville, NJ


Non-Hodgkin lymphoma


In remission

Aaron was always the picture of health. Then at 15, the avid athlete was diagnosed with Burkitt non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Aaron wasn’t unfamiliar with childhood cancer. He had been a St. Baldrick’s shavee since the age of 11 and even created a team called the Bald Buddies.

“At first I decided to participate because I thought the haircut was cool, but I realized later the true meaning behind the fundraiser,” Aaron said. One of his favorite memories is shaving his dad’s head as an Honored Kid, while his supporters cheered him on.

Aaron’s mom said the young man approached cancer the way he lives his life — with a lot of hard work and a positive attitude.

“He did what he had to do, all the while never complaining,” she said. “He is our hero!”

Aaron said he never had any doubts he’d get through cancer, and he was right. He is in remission and goes for scans every three months.

Now instead of finding him in the hospital undergoing treatment, you’ll see him on the golf course, on the beach or snowboarding with his family.

He’s a busy guy, but between applying for college, helping swimmers as a lifeguard and playing saxophone with his high school band, Aaron still finds time for St. Baldrick’s. He will become a Knight of the Bald Table when he shaves again in March 2015.

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