Do What You Want

One Doctor’s Nature Photographs Give Back to Kids’ Cancer Research

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 19, 2014 0 comments

An avid nature photographer when he’s not practicing medicine, Superman Sam’s doctor is turning his talent for photography into vital dollars for childhood cancer research.

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A collection of Dr. Plofsky’s nature shots.

Superman Sam loved the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park, Illinois. He often walked its trails, searching for the perfect leaf. Sam’s family physician, Dr. Matt Plofsky, shared a love of nature with the bright little boy.

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Research

Crowdsourcing Cures for Childhood Cancer [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 19, 2014 0 comments

What do social media and Star Trek have to do with childhood cancer? Dr. Friend explains in this video. You make this possible. Fund research.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Special Guests Shave at St. Baldrick’s Office

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 18, 2014 0 comments

Yesterday St. Baldrick’s staffers got the chance to welcome some special guests (hint, hint, they included a SuperGirl and a Sons of Anarchy star!) to our headquarters in Monrovia, California, for the first ever shaving event at our offices.

One of our Honored Kids, SuperGirl Jadyn, dropped by St. Baldrick’s HQ on Wednesday to shave with a bunch of her friends: Eric, a TED Talk producer who organized a flash mob for Jadyn, Melissa, who taught her to surf, and actor Kim Coates of Sons of Anarchy, who was our celebrity barber for the day. (He’s also Jadyn’s BFF.)

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From top left: Eric, SuperGirl Jadyn, Kim Coates and Melissa

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

TEDx Talk: The 36 Rabbis’ Extraordinary Story

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr
December 18, 2014 0 comments

Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr recently took to the TEDx stage to tell the 36 Rabbis’ unforgettable story. As the Rabbis near their $1 million goal for childhood cancer research, an anonymous foundation has agreed to match any new and increased gifts to St. Baldrick’s for the 36 Rabbis’ campaign. Make your gift go twice as far for kids with cancer. Make a donation to the 36 Rabbis.

Rabbi Rebecca Schorr TEDx Lehigh River

Rabbi Rebecca Schorr tells the 36 Rabbis’ story from the TEDx stage in Lehigh River, Pennsylvania.

Watch Rebecca’s full TEDx Talk >

More than six dozen rabbis walk into a room and shave their heads.

Don’t worry; this isn’t the start of an ethnic joke. This is a true story of what happened when a group of religious leaders decided that they didn’t want to bury any more kids whose lives could have been saved. It’s a lesson that a seemingly innocuous comment can be the beginning of something amazing. And it is a reminder that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

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Research

A Small World Moment at the Think Tank

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

St. Baldrick’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, Becky Weaver, explains how a timely email led to a big realization. Join us and make a difference for kids with cancer. See ways to get involved.

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November marked my 10th year with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. And how much has changed since that time!

Back then, we were excited to give over $3 million to support one large grant to the Children’s Oncology Group and our first St. Baldrick’s Fellow, Dr. Sharon Singh.

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Research

What is a CRA?

by Rebecca Bernot, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 16, 2014 0 comments

An inside look at what St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grants are really doing. See all the 2014 Fall Grants.

Kelly Clickner, R.N., assisting a pediatric oncology patient at Albany Medical Center

Kelly Clickner assists a patient enrolled in a clinical trial at Albany Medical Center. They were able to hire Kelly as a full-time CRA with their first St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grant in 2007.

You’ve probably already heard that most of our Infrastructure Grants fund a clinical research associate, or CRA, who makes it possible for more childhood cancer research to happen. But what exactly does a CRA do? To get an inside look, we sat down with Dr. Vikramjit Kanwar, who has received a St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grant every year since 2007, and Kelly Clickner, R.N., the CRA whose salary is funded by the grant.

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Advocacy

Childhood Cancer Roundtable Sets the Stage for Action

by Kevin Mathis, Sr. Legislative Counsel, St. Baldrick’s Foundation
December 15, 2014 0 comments

On December 9, leaders from a host of childhood cancer organizations gathered in Washington, D.C. The assembled leaders of the childhood cancer community met to conduct the essential work necessary to advance our cause of creating better treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

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St. Baldrick’s Foundation joined with multiple other groups to set goals for the coming year during a childhood cancer roundtable in Washington, D.C. last week.

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Families

Remembering Superman Sam

by Phyllis Sommer
December 14, 2014 0 comments

Today we remember Superman Sam, who died from acute myeloid leukemia one year ago. An anonymous family foundation has agreed to match any new and increased gifts to the 36 Rabbis campaign, so today, honor Sam with a donation to help fight childhood cancer. His mom, Phyllis, shared these words on this day last year.

Superman Sam Sommer playing on a playground in April 2012

Superman Sam in April 2012, before he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

On Friday morning, Sam woke up with a headache and nausea. He was vomiting a little, and we weren’t quite sure what the dark spots in his vomit were. But I had a terrible feeling.

We were scheduled for a trip to the clinic, and, frankly, we weren’t ready to imagine what it would be like without that trip. Giving up that trip, to me, meant we were ready to admit how very close we were to the end. Giving up that trip wasn’t really an option. Even Sam wanted to go.

So we made the drive. (It’s an hour and 15 minutes.)

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Facts

Types of Childhood Cancer: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 10, 2014 0 comments
What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia?
What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the white blood cells that normally fight infection. The cells do not grow and develop properly, filling up the bone marrow inside bones, where blood is normally made.

ALL is the most common type of childhood cancer, accounting for 35 percent of all cancers in children. Each year, there are about 2,900 new cases of children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL in the United States alone.

Its signs and symptoms resemble other common illnesses, which often leads to other treatments before the leukemia diagnosis is made.

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Facts

Types of Childhood Cancer: Ewing Sarcoma

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 10, 2014 0 comments

Jason Yustein, M.D., Ph.D., a St. Baldrick’s Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, explains Ewing sarcoma symptoms, treatment options, and research opportunities.

What is Ewing sarcoma?

What is Ewing sarcoma?

Ewing sarcoma is a type of childhood cancer that is most frequently found in children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 20 years old.

Ewing sarcoma — the second most common bone cancer after osteosarcoma — often originates in the long, large bones of the body, including the hip, thigh, shin, chest, and arm bones.

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