Fundraising Tips

5 Ways to Recruit More Shavees

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 23, 2015 0 comments

The big day is right around the corner and you’re wondering, how do I get more shavees℠ in the barber chair for my St. Baldrick’s event? Here are five nuggets of wisdom, straight from the people who do it best — your fellow VEOs. Still need to register your 2015 event? Let’s get started!

1. Connect with potential shavees through social media

5 Ways to Recruit More Shavees

Don’t be afraid to share your enthusiasm through social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram — the opportunities to engage potential shavees are endless!

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Families

Chase’s Good News

by Ellie Ewoldt
January 22, 2015 0 comments

The last three days were big ones in the life of Ambassador Chase. He knew the MRI was coming, and he was scared. And when it was over, he had to wait to find out if his cancer had returned. His mom, Ellie, shares these words.

Read the last update on Chase >

Chase sits under a tree and colors in a notebook
Monday, January 19. The sun was only hinting pink when I felt another presence on the edge of the living room. This is what he does, my early-rising boy … He wakes before it’s light, tip-toes out to wherever a parent can be found, and stands quietly, thumb in mouth, waiting for someone to see him and call him into the light.

Still rumpled and rosy from sleep, mismatched in his Lightning McQueen bottoms and a shirt that announces “I fight cancer. What’s your superpower?”, Chase jumped onto the couch and snuggled close. His talk turned to the subject that had been plaguing him for about a week now: the upcoming MRI.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Why You Should Invite an Honored Family to Your St. Baldrick’s Event

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 21, 2015 0 comments

St. Baldrick’s Honored Kids are at the heart of everything we do. They’re the reason behind every event planned, head shaved, and dollar given.

While not every St. Baldrick’s event always has an Honored Family in attendance, we’ve long suspected that the ones that do have something extra special. So we asked some of our seasoned VEOs: What does it mean to have an Honored Family attend your St. Baldrick’s event?

Here’s what they had to say.

Children with cancer at a St. Baldrick's event

Honored Kids at a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Facts

Types of Childhood Cancer: Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT)

by Rishi Lulla, M.D., M.S.
January 20, 2015 0 comments

Dr. Lulla is a St. Baldrick’s researcher studying brain tumors in children. He explains ATRT symptoms, treatment options, and research progress.

What is ATRT
What is ATRT?

ATRT is formally called atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor. It’s an extremely rare type of brain tumor that mainly affects children under age 3. Occasionally, older children can be diagnosed with ATRT.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Third Grader Shaves the Way to a World Without Childhood Cancer

by Rebecca Bernot, St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 19, 2015 0 comments

Finley Link has a vision — and he’s raising money for research to make it happen. Learn more about how St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events are helping conquer childhood cancers.

What do you think the future will look like?

Ask 8-year-old Finley Link and he’ll tell you he imagines a world where children don’t have cancer.

That was the theme of the TEDx Talk he gave about St. Baldrick’s last November. And as a two-time shavee℠, Finley is working hard to make his vision a reality.

Finley Link gives his TEDx talk, titled  'Kids Can't Fight Cancer Alone.'

Finley giving his TEDx Talk, titled ‘Kids Can’t Fight Cancer Alone.’

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Facts

Who Is St. Baldrick?

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

We get this question a lot — who is St. Baldrick of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation? Is he the patron saint of the shaved? Does he have something to do with male pattern baldness? Would he be the wrong guy to pray to for a good hair cut? No, no, and — maybe?

Who is St. Baldrick?

Anyway, what we’re trying to say is that a saint named Baldrick doesn’t really exist.

(We know you’re disappointed, but we promise it gets better!)

The name St. Baldrick’s is a mashup of St. Patrick’s Day and the word “bald” — two things which sum up the humble beginnings of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer foundation that funds grants for childhood cancer research through shaving events and other fundraisers across the globe.

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Families

‘This Is Not Acceptable’: How My Son’s Treatment for Cancer Caused Cancer

by Jim Kendall
January 14, 2015 0 comments

Clayton was diagnosed with cancer at just 2 years old, but the very treatment that saved his life also put his life at risk. His dad, Jim, tells the story. Learn more about childhood cancer.

On June 3, 2009, my wife and I sat in a small hospital room surrounded by our family, as a group of doctors and social workers came into the room to give us the news we knew was coming, but desperately hoped wouldn’t. Our 2 ½-year-old son Clayton had childhood cancer. He had a tumor the size of a softball in his abdomen. It was stage III neuroblastoma and he was in the high risk category.

Clayton at the time of his first diagnosis.

Clayton at the time of his first diagnosis.

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Do What You Want

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Fundraiser for Kids With Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 13, 2015 0 comments

You’re raising money for childhood cancer research. Awesome! Here are our best tips to help you make the biggest impact for kids with cancer. (Not registered yet? Get started!)

10 fundraising tips to help kids with cancer

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Kids with Cancer

Caroline Richards, Forever in Our Hearts #RIPCaroline

by Jane Hoppen, Director of Family Relations, St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 9, 2015 0 comments

Caroline Richards, forever in our hearts
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Caroline Richards died around 1:30 this morning.

Caroline was 12 years old. She had a smile that lit up the room and loved spreading joy to others. She cherished time with her family, friends, dogs, and her newest pet, Herbert the hedgehog.

I spent about 15 minutes on the phone with Caroline last Tuesday. She was so excited to be a St. Baldrick’s Ambassador this year and thanked us for giving her the opportunity. I assured her that we were equally as grateful that she said yes. We talked about a variety of things, including how she wanted to engage her nearly 30,000 Twitter followers in this fight.

But the bulk of our time was spent talking about Herbert. She said, “I just always wanted a hedgehog and now I have one.”

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Families

3 Reasons Why I’m Shaving My Head

by Leslie Jermainne
January 8, 2015 0 comments

Leslie’s thoughts before her first shave last year with the 46 Mommas. Learn more about the 46 Mommas.

Leslie

Leslie with her son, Brian, before shaving her head with the 46 Mommas. Brian is in remission from Hodgkin lymphoma.

Why am I shaving my head? I guess you could say I’m shaving for three people.

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