Families

Leukemia Survivor’s Team Raises Almost $10,000 for Childhood Cancer Research

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 24, 2014 0 comments

St. Baldrick’s Honored Kid Sofia was just 2 years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Now, four years later, she’s a vibrant first grader with her very own St. Baldrick’s team, Sofia’s Shaves Saves, which raised a whopping $9,697 for childhood cancer research during their first St. Baldrick’s event. Help Sofia’s team reach their 2015 fundraising goal. Donate today.

Sofia and her brother at a St. Baldrick's event in Bellmore, New York

Sofia, who was diagnosed with cancer when she was 2 years old, and her brother attended a St. Baldrick’s event in Bellmore, New York.

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Do What You Want

Give Up Your Coffee with St. Baldrick’s on #GivingTuesday

by Alison Sutton, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 22, 2014 0 comments

First, there’s Black Friday. Then, Cyber Monday. And saving the best for last — #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday
On Tuesday, December 2, people, charities and businesses around the world are encouraged to come together with one goal in mind: to give back.

Free yourself from the same old fundraising grind with a #GivingTuesday fundraiser that asks people to give a donation to childhood cancer research instead of buying a cup of coffee. Then reward contributors with a free cup of joe donated by a local cafe!

Want to brew up donations to childhood cancer research with your own #GivingTuesday coffee campaign? Here’s how to give it a shot in seven steps:

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Survivors

How I Learned to Call Myself a Childhood Cancer Survivor

by Dave Lee
November 21, 2014 0 comments

Dave was diagnosed with childhood cancer when he was 13. Six years later, he’s shaving to help find a cure for all kids’ cancers. Join Dave — be a shavee℠!

After surviving childhood cancer, Dave got involved in breakdancing. “With each activity I pursued, I reveled in feeling less like a cancer patient and more like an average kid,” he said.

For me, the most difficult part of my bout with childhood cancer was not on my road to becoming a cancer survivor, but rather in becoming comfortable calling myself a cancer survivor.

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Remembering Denis Keegan, a Hero for Kids With Cancer

by Becky C. Weaver, Chief Philanthropy Officer, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 17, 2014 0 comments

Denis Keegan

Denis Keegan was enthusiastic about St. Baldrick’s from the start.

Last week we said a sad farewell to a very important person in St. Baldrick’s history.

I first met Denis, then Chief Development Officer at the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, when he hired me in 1997. He was an excellent mentor, ending his career with more than 40 years in successful nonprofit development work. He also became a treasured friend, who set me on the road to what has become my life’s most important work.

In 1999, Denis first heard from John Bender and Enda McDonnell, founders of what has become St. Baldrick’s. They were planning an event for St. Patrick’s Day in 2000 to raise $17,000 for childhood cancer research, and the question was, “Can you take the donations, so we can tell donors where the money is going?” Not everyone would have said yes to strangers who planned to shave heads in a bar, but Denis did — and the event raised more than $104,000. Being of proud Irish descent, Denis was enthusiastic about St. Baldrick’s from the start.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Tech Company CEO Shaves His Head for Childhood Cancer Research

by Heather Kash, Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Risk Management
November 14, 2014 0 comments

A recent challenge between two CEOs turned into a whole lot more for childhood cancer research and other worthy causes — like $1 million more! Heather Kash, Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Risk Management at St. Baldrick’s, explains.

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Jim Kavanaugh, CEO of World Wide Technology, Inc. shaved for St. Baldrick’s after being challenged by fellow CEO John Chambers.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

‘Until a Cure Is Found’: An Eight-Time Shavee Tells His Story

by Liam Hogan
November 12, 2014 0 comments

Liam first shaved his head for St. Baldrick’s in 2007. Since then, he has shaved every year and raised over $50,000 for childhood cancer research! You can help kids with cancer, too. Be a shavee℠.

Liam Hogan with brother Aiden and dad Bill after shaving their heads to help kids with cancer

Liam, right, with his dad and brother after shaving their heads at a St. Baldrick’s event in 2013.

I first became involved with St. Baldrick’s when I was 9 years old. It was 2007 and my dad and his pal Joey had started a head-shaving event at a small Irish pub in midtown Manhattan. I thought the idea of shaving my head to help kids with cancer sounded cool, so I reached out to two of my closest friends and asked them to shave with me.

The next day, we went to school and got some of our friends to join us. At the time, we didn’t have a full grasp of what exactly we were doing, but the seeds were planted for the future.

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Families

Happy Birthday, Superman Sam

by Phyllis Sommer
November 8, 2014 0 comments

Today would have been Superman Sam’s 9th birthday if childhood cancer hadn’t taken his life last December. Today, give $9 for Sam’s birthday to the 36 Rabbis, which was founded by Sam’s mom and a friend, and have your gift matched. Sam’s mom reflects on his birthday, the reality of losing a child to cancer, and the opportunity to reach $1 million raised for St. Baldrick’s.

Superman Sam would have been 9 years old this month

Superman Sam would have been 9 years old today.

I’ve always been a really voracious reader, and as I reminded my 9th graders the other day, the pickings were far slimmer in the kids’ and young adults’ department of bookstores when I was younger. So I was always scanning bookshelves for things that looked interesting to me.

I remember being young, maybe 9 or 10, when I discovered a slim volume on the shelf at my aunt and uncle’s house. It was short, which didn’t bode well for me, since I tended at that point to pick books by their length. But there was something compelling about the cover. Alex: The Life of a Child, it was called, and there was a beautiful little girl on the front — her picture slightly fuzzy and black and white. I remember reading it cover to cover, and crying big blotchy tears. And then I remember reading it over and over again.

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Families

A Lifetime of Laughter, Joy, and Love: Holden’s Story

by Miriam Gilkinson
November 6, 2014 0 comments

Holden loved every minute of his almost-seven years of life. Now, his family and friends are raising money for childhood cancer research to help other kids like him. His mom, Miriam, tells his story.

Holden smiling

Holden was 3 when he was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a type of childhood cancer.

In September 2010 Holden got a sudden severe stomachache that progressed from “stomach bug” to “constipation” to what we later learned was a large Wilms tumor on his left kidney.

At first the oncologists told us, “If your child has to get a cancer, this is the best one,” though I would never put the words “best” and “cancer” in the same thought as my son. Pathology results later showed Holden had stage IV Wilms tumor with “diffuse anaplasia,” or “unfavorable histology.” The thumbnail sketch is that it is an all-or-nothing battle, and there is not a second chance if you don’t win with your first offense.

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Research

Infrastructure Grant Keeps Clinical Trials Open in Detroit

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 6, 2014 0 comments

Today we announced the 2014 St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grants, totaling more than $2.5 million to 40 institutions across the United States. Read on to see how one of our grants is helping keep clinical trials open to children with cancer in Detroit, Michigan. You make these grants happen. Donate today.

St. Baldrick's Infrastructure Grant is helping keep clinical trials open in Detroit, Michigan

Dr. Wang and her team with the COG Research Program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit received a St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grant. Photo by Shawn Wilson.

Located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHOM) often treats patients who are underserved, uninsured, and living under the poverty line.

That same population is often underrepresented in clinical studies, making the program run by St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grant recipient Dr. Joanne Wang even more essential in helping all children with cancer.

But opening and then maintaining those trials on a shoestring budget and with a stretched staff is a challenge.

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News

2014 Fall Grants: One Step Closer to a Cure for Kids’ Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 6, 2014 0 comments

Fall means pumpkins, apple cider, and crunchy leaves. And here at St. Baldrick’s, it means another round of childhood cancer research grants!

St. Baldrick's Foundation Fall 2014 Infrastructure Grants
We’re excited to announce the 2014 St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grants, totaling more than $2.5 million awarded to 40 institutions across the United States.

Combined with more than $24.7 million awarded in July to fund cutting-edge research, these new grants bring the total awarded in 2014 to more than $27.2 million, all made possible by our tireless shavees, volunteers, and donors.

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