Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Battle of the Bald: Get the Details on Our First College Head-Shaving Tournament

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 29, 2015 0 comments

It’s the ultimate college showdown — St. Baldrick’s head-shaving style.

Battle of the Bald

Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year.

In the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease.

The good news: You have the power to change this.

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Research

Progress in MIBG Therapy Makes Treatment More Accessible For Kids With Neuroblastoma

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 23, 2015 0 comments

It’s been three years since we first reported on a new treatment for neuroblastoma called MIBG therapy. Since then, a lot has changed and even more exciting developments are on the horizon. Here’s an update.

MIBG therapy

In MIBG therapy, a child is given an infusion of a radioactive iodine coupled with MIBG, a molecule which is absorbed by neuroblastoma cells. The MIBG molecule is taken up by the tumor cells and the radioactive iodine goes to work, killing the cancer.

Just a few short years ago, this therapy was hard to come by for kids with neuroblastoma. The trickiness of dealing with the radiation meant that just a few institutions offered it. For some families, hours of travel were needed to get their child access to the treatment.

That’s changed in a big way.

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Research

Team of Researchers Targets DNA to Help Kids With Hard-to-Treat Leukemias

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 16, 2015 0 comments

They say two heads are better than one — what about lots of heads? Thanks to a St. Baldrick’s Consortium Grant, six teams of brilliant minds are working to give hope to kids with hard-to-treat leukemias.

A syringe gun

Fifty years ago, the most common childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), was one of the deadliest.

Cure rates have gone from near zero in the mid-1960s to about 90 percent currently. That’s amazing, said St. Baldrick’s researcher Dr. Stephen Hunger of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, but it’s not enough.

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News

Announcing St. Baldrick’s 2015 Summer Grants

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 16, 2015 0 comments

We have some big news that will have you jumping through the sprinkler with joy.

St. Baldrick's Foundation childhood cancer research grants

Summer has arrived and so have St. Baldrick’s Summer Grants!

Today we are awarding a whopping $21.2 million in new research grants to scientists across the globe. That’s 70 grants in 48 states and 11 countries, going to researchers making incredible gains in the fight against childhood cancer.

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News

Our Volunteers Surprised These Researchers, and We Caught It on Camera [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 16, 2015 0 comments

This is what it’s all about.

It’s the reason we shave our heads, host events, give money, and rally anyone who will listen.

Watch as our volunteers surprise some recipients of our 2015 Summer Grants with some really good news:

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Research

Ambassador Grace Helps Other Brain Tumor Survivors Thrive Through a New Research Grant

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 15, 2015 0 comments

Ambassador Grace finished treatment for a brain tumor seven years ago. Now, as she faces the late effects of her battle with a smile and her shining spirit, she is also helping other kids going through the same challenges through her fundraising efforts. Today we announce the Grace for Good St. Baldrick’s Supportive Care Grant, which is going to a research team using the latest technology and testing to find ways to help survivors like Grace.

Grace and her mom, Rebekah Ham

Grace and her mom, Bekah.

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Do What You Want

3,069 Miles for Research: Couple Bikes From Coast to Coast in Memory of Their Daughter

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 13, 2015 0 comments

Nearly one year ago, Kim and Jon Smith peddled from San Diego to Florida in memory of their daughter, Tyler, who passed from germ cell cancer at 15 years old. The couple experienced searing temperatures and soaking rain on their 3,069-mile, two-month-long fundraising journey dubbed Team Tyler Rides. But most of all, Kim and Jon encountered their daughter’s beautiful and generous spirit along the way.

Kim and Jon lift their bikes on their shoulders at the Pacific Ocean at the start of their ride

Kim and Jon start their cross-country ride at the Pacific Ocean in San Diego.

When Jon and Kim needed a boost, there were the energy bars and electrolyte replacing beverages, but the real fuel couldn’t be torn from a wrapper or gulped from a bottle.

When the miles got tough, it was the dragonflies and the generosity of strangers that kept the couple pedaling.

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Kids with Cancer

Jeremy Is Still Going Strong as He Battles Brain Cancer for the Third Time

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 9, 2015 0 comments

Diagnosed with ependymoma, a type of brain tumor, Honored Kid Jeremy is well-known for going with the flow through surgery after surgery. Now the 11-year-old Minnesotan will be winning everyone over with his bright smile and easygoing spirit in Chicago — he and his family just got the news that he’s been accepted to a clinical trial in the Windy City. Read on to learn more about Jeremy’s amazing story thus far and the chapter that’s just beginning.

Jeremy relaxes with his family during a St. Baldrick's event

Jeremy, in the black shirt, relaxes with his parents and brothers during a St. Baldrick’s event.

Jeremy bikes and swims and rollerblades. You’d never know that he has a brain tumor — unless you saw the scar on the back of his head, said his mom, Carol.

In fact, when Jeremy got home one day after his third brain surgery, he asked his mom if he could ride his bike.

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Research

New Clinic Aims to Help Sarcoma Survivors Live Long, Healthy Lives

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 1, 2015 0 comments

The challenges for kids with sarcoma don’t end when they hit five years cancer-free. Like survivors of other childhood cancers, these kids are at higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, and a host of other problems as they grow up. The Sarcoma Survivorship Program headed by St. Baldrick’s researcher Dr. Laurence Baker aims to help survivors of childhood cancer overcome those issues and live long and healthy lives.

Dr. Laurence Baker stands with his team

The Sarcoma Survivorship Program team, from left to right: cardio-oncologist Dr. Monika Leja, medical oncologist Dr. Larry Baker, nurse practitioner Amira Deep, and cardiology nurse Kelly Siedlik.

There’s a terrible reality faced by sarcoma survivors — that the therapies needed to treat their cancer, like chemotherapy and radiation, can then cause other health problems and even shorten their lives years after being cured.

Dr. Laurence Baker created the Sarcoma Survivorship Clinic at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center to intervene in that cycle.

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Advocacy

A Win in Washington for Childhood Cancer Research

by Danielle Leach, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy and Kevin Mathis, Sr. Legislative Counsel, St. Baldrick’s Foundation
June 30, 2015 0 comments

Our advocacy leaders have been busy working with Congress to make pediatric cancer funding a national priority. While negotiations will continue, the preliminary funding agreements are in from the House and Senate, and we’ve got the details for you right here. (Spoiler alert: There’s good news for pediatric cancer research!)

Advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., for Childhood Cancer Action Days 2015

Advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., for Childhood Cancer Action Days 2015.

A few months ago, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation — as part of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer — sent a letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to provide more funding for medical research and within those funds, to make pediatric cancer a higher priority.

All told, 91 childhood cancer organizations came together to sign our letter to Congress, and I’m excited to say that our hard work is starting to pay off!

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