News

Lexus Bold IS Winners Announced

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 23, 2014 0 comments

We have a winner — no, we have 11!

Lexus logo
After much anticipation, Lexus has announced the winners of the Lexus Bold IS contest. Each one shaved their head and submitted a 15-second Instagram video explaining what bold way they would spend $2,500 if they won.

Ten lucky winners were announced today, and one person won $1,000 just for voting on their favorite video.

Congratulations to Frank L., Brittani P., Dennis L., Daniel S., Kris D., Tania J., Jeff B., Heidi T., Jeremy C., and Karin H.!

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Families

A Mother’s Love and a Head of Hair: The Best I Have to Offer

by Jessica Martin
April 21, 2014 0 comments

Sammy was diagnosed with a very rare cancer in children when he was 2. Now 4, his tumor is stable and he recently shaved his head for St. Baldrick’s. His mom, Jessica, describes their family’s journey. Help kids like Sammy — get involved!

A recent photo of Sammy

LifeExposed: Photos by Lindsey.

It’s been exactly two years. Two years since that first appointment, two years since that first doctor hesitated, two years since our world was rocked.

It was just before Sammy’s second birthday when I took him in for an appointment with a pediatric ophthalmologist to check a spot on his eye. I’m sure it was hardly noticeable to anyone else, but I made the appointment, even though I felt I was being a neurotic, overprotective mom.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Dancing in a Circle: A Poem for Caroline

by Lucy Strausbaugh Woodhouse
April 21, 2014 0 comments

Bryson starting shaving his head for St. Baldrick’s in 2010 to honor his friend, Caroline, who was battling childhood cancer. Two weeks after his first shave, Caroline, 8, passed away. Bryson’s mom, Lucy, said, “St. Baldrick’s does more than raise research dollars for curing childhood cancers. It helps heal those who lost a loved one.” She wrote this poem in memory of Caroline.

Bryson after shaving head for cancer

Bryson after shaving his head for the first time in 2010.

It all started in third grade after a long fall break
When their friend Caroline came to class.
She wore a pretty headband with a flower.
Behind that ribbon was a bandage and no hair.
The kids rushed around her with hugs and good cheer.
Caroline gave them her crooked smiled and raised her hands.
And they all danced with great joy, laughing, oh, laughing.
She left early that day and for the days after that.
You see, Caroline got so tired that school wore her out.
But she missed her friends, needed to see them, if only for a while.
After Thanksgiving break, when Bryson got back to school, he counted.
Twenty-two boys and girls usually filled the room
But he counted again and again and still came up with 21.
It had to be Caroline because she was never late.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Rainbow Hospital Staff Shave Their Heads for Kids with Cancer [VIDEO]

by Rebecca Bernot
April 18, 2014 0 comments

You can help cure childhood cancer. Get involved.

Honored Kid Kelly shaving Dr. Alex Huang's head

St. Baldrick’s Honored Kid Kelly shaves Dr. Huang’s head at the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital head-shaving event.

When Dr. Alex Huang’s division chief invited him to get involved with St. Baldrick’s back in 2009, he was quick to jump on board. “To me, it was a no-brainer,” he said.

Like any pediatric cancer researcher, Alex Huang, M.D., Ph.D., a St. Baldrick’s Scholar, knows that funding for kids’ cancer research is hard to come by. And as a physician at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, he sees firsthand what childhood cancer does to its victims and their families. Despite having devoted his career to treating kids with cancer and finding a cure, he wanted to do something more — so he became a shavee.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Melissa’s Letter: ‘What I Am Doing and Why I Am Doing It’

by Emily Kilpatrick
April 17, 2014 0 comments

Be a shavee and raise money for childhood cancer research.

Ten-year-old Melissa M. is shaving her head on May 2.

Her mom, Megan, is also a shavee. “I had already decided I was going to participate,” Megan said, “and she popped up out of the blue and told me she was going to participate, too.”

Melissa-St-Baldricks

Melissa is shaving her head with her mom at a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event this May.

Knowing that Melissa might miss her long hair, her mom asked her to think it over before signing up for the head-shaving event.

Melissa did think about it. Then she wrote her mom a letter:

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Families

‘One of Those Good Days’: Ambassador Harlem’s Third Shave for St. Baldrick’s

by Lisa Clemons
April 16, 2014 0 comments

Harlem’s mom reflects on his journey with childhood cancer and his first St. Baldrick’s event as an Ambassador. (Find a St. Baldrick’s event near you!)

Harlem and Lisa Clemons

Harlem and his mom, Lisa. Harlem is one of five 2014 St. Baldrick’s Ambassadors.

When Harlem was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma at age 5, I was numb. How can this happen to my child? Why must we fight this uphill battle?

I’ll never know the answers to these questions, but I do know that modern medicine has come a long way. Having lost my mother to breast cancer nearly 20 years ago, I could only imagine that my son would be the next person I’d lose to this dreaded disease. Could this child, who has been so full of life since birth, be held back by this diagnosis?

The answer to that question was no! It was Harlem’s disposition that got me through the rough days — and I don’t mean his roughest days, because thankfully he did not have any. As a mother, you want to protect your child and bare any pain they may encounter. The feeling of helplessness pours over you day in and day out. You are happy to see your child’s eyes open in the morning and afraid to see them close at night, praying that this isn’t the last precious moment with them.

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News

Shop Sevenly.org to Fund Kids’ Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 14, 2014 0 comments

We are excited to announce that we have been chosen as Sevenly’s featured charity of the week!

This week only, shop Sevenly to support St. Baldrick's and help kids with cancer
Sevenly is a social good company that raises money for nonprofits through the sale of their clothing and lifestyle products.

From April 14 through April 21, St. Baldrick’s will receive $7 for each item purchased through Sevenly.org. Choose from four exclusive shirt designs in a variety of styles inspired by our fight to Conquer Childhood Cancers, or shop their array of accessories and goods — from jewelry to posters to dog leashes, there’s something for everyone in your family!

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Kids with Cancer

Chase’s Best Shot: One Boy’s Remarkable Triumph Over Pediatric Brain Cancer

by Eleanor Ewoldt
April 14, 2014 0 comments

In August 2012, Chase was diagnosed with a rare and deadly pediatric brain tumor. Chase is now 4 years old and participating in a St. Baldrick’s-funded children’s cancer study, and his scans continue to show no evidence of disease. Chase’s mom, Eleanor, explains Chase’s story.

Chase while in treatment for atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT)

Chase was diagnosed with ATRT, a type of brain cancer in children, when he was 2.

“He’s holding his head up on his own! This boy is going to be strong!”

The joyful doctor laid the small newborn baby on my chest as the oxygen raced into him and a tiny scream, that first sound, echoed in the room. This small, headstrong baby, born with so much fight, would be named Chase.

Two years, seven months, 18 days, and about 13 hours later, Chase’s older sister would run into our room in the middle of the night and tell us that Chase wouldn’t stop moving in his bed and it was keeping her awake. He wouldn’t stop because, as we quickly discovered, he couldn’t. He was having seizure.

Within minutes, I lay on an ambulance stretcher, one hand holding my headstrong baby and the other clutching an oxygen mask to his precious face.

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Facts

Types of Childhood Cancer: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

by Benjamin Mizukawa, M.D.
April 11, 2014 0 comments

What is acute myeloid leukemia?
Dr. Mizukawa is a St. Baldrick’s Scholar. His research focuses on discovery of new drugs for pediatric acute myeloid leukemia by understanding the way leukemia cells communicate with each other and other parts of the body.

What is acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells. Leukemia cells divide quickly and fail to mature into normal, functioning blood cells.

Acute leukemia progresses rapidly and is classified into two general subtypes:

  • When the cancer affects the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, it is called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.
  • When the cancer affects other blood cell types, such as red blood cells, platelet-forming cells, and other types of white blood cells, it is called acute myeloid leukemia, or AML.

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Kathleen’s Desk

Thank You for Helping Us Make History

by Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 9, 2014 0 comments

Get involved with St. Baldrick’s.     Get Involved

Official Guinness World Record certificate

The official Guinness World Record certificate awarded to barber David Alexander on behalf of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

This morning, kids with childhood cancer have a new place in history because of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s volunteers. Records were broken — again!

David Alexander, a long-time St. Baldrick’s leader and barber, set a Guinness World Record by shaving the most heads in one hour — 73 — on the Today Show. David was ready for this day; he organized a test shave to prepare for the official Guinness World Record challenge. And he’s no stranger to St. Baldrick’s; he has personally raised over $674,000 for lifesaving childhood cancer research and has the St. Baldrick’s logo tattooed over his heart!

David is one of many extraordinary people who we’re so privileged to know. More than 80 volunteers joined him on the Today Show set. They came to midtown Manhattan from throughout the tri-state area, arriving at the crack of dawn to experience one of the fastest shaves, all for one reason — to put a spotlight on kids with cancer, their fight, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s mission to give all kids with cancer long and healthy lives.

The kids we all fight for are the greatest heroes we’ll ever know. But I’ve always believed that the kids inspire the best, from the best people, and the St. Baldrick’s community proved that again today.

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