Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Three-Time Shavee Keeps Raising the Bar for Childhood Cancer Research

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 31, 2015 0 comments

When his former coworker’s daughter, Madisyn, passed away from neuroblastoma a few months before her fourth birthday, Nathan Pyne knew he had to do something to help.

That was the first time he shaved for St. Baldrick’s.

Nathan Pyne shaved for St. Baldrick's in 2011 and 2014

Nathan Pyne shaved for St. Baldrick’s in 2011 (left) and in 2014.

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Families

A Cancer Mom’s Thoughts on the Documentary Film ‘Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies’

by Cindy Campbell
March 30, 2015 0 comments

When Cindy Campbell’s son Ty died of a brain tumor, she and her husband, Lou, formed the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, a St. Baldrick’s nonprofit partner. After attending the premiere for the Ken Burns documentary film “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” last week, she shares her perspective on the film, the book it’s based on, and why the need for childhood cancer research funding is greater now than ever.

Read more from Cindy about why they chose to partner with St. Baldrick’s to fund research >

Cindy holds a bald Ty in a Spiderman costume

Cindy with her son Ty. Ty passed away from a brain tumor in 2012.

The book sits on my nightstand. I have referred to it often and found Siddhartha Mukherjee’s eloquent writing to be so perfectly explicative not just for someone who has studied cancer at the Ph.D. level, but for someone like me whose own child was diagnosed and who is desperately trying to learn about this evasive disease that took hold of my beloved son.

I first learned that Ken Burns agreed to produce a documentary series based on the book for PBS in early 2014. When I was asked if I would participate in a series of promotions for the documentary, I jumped out of my chair with enthusiasm. I was so certain that a documentary like this would be crucial in helping the public better understand this disease that affects each and every one of us. The magic they created out of my clumsy interview simply takes my breath away.

My son Ty was diagnosed in 2010 and I have since been completely wrapped up in cancer — childhood cancer in particular — and I am still overwhelmed by its complexity, trying to understand everything from “Where does it come from?” and “How did this happen?” to “What do we do to destroy it?” I expect this documentary will be eye-opening.

Last week I attended the premiere in New York and watched 30 minutes of footage that was pulled from the complete six-hour series. What unfolded on the screen in front of me had me glued to my chair at some points, and walking out of the room at others. Even after all I’ve been through, all that I’ve witnessed firsthand, I was surprised by the range of emotions I experienced.

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Families

Why I Organize a St. Baldrick’s Event, and Why You Should Too

by Krissy Gallagher
March 27, 2015 0 comments

Krissy Gallagher, mom of 2012 Ambassador Austin, shares how childhood cancer research impacted their family, and why they’ve stayed involved with St. Baldrick’s through the years.

The Gallagher family at Krissy's St. Baldrick's event last year

Krissy and her husband, Mark, with their two boys, Austin and Braedan, at a St. Baldrick’s event last year.

In the 11 ½ years that Mark and I have been parents, we’ve heard the words “your child has cancer” on three separate occasions. And each time, it stunned us and terrified us and brought us to our knees.

But every day we know that we’re the lucky ones because we’ve never had to hear the words, “There’s nothing else we can do.”

And the reason for that is childhood cancer research. If Austin had been diagnosed with his rare cancer 20 years earlier than he was, I’m pretty confident he wouldn’t be here today. Pretty positive, in fact. But somebody 20 years ago funded the research that saved his life. Now it’s our turn to do the same for some other child, and some other mother, 20 years from now.

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Families

Honored Families: 7 Ways You Can Be a Part of a St. Baldrick’s Event

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 24, 2015 0 comments

St. Baldrick’s events are fun for the whole family. No matter where you are in your child’s journey, we want you to be a part of it!

Honored Families at St. Baldrick's events
Here are some of the ways your family can get involved at a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event without sacrificing your hair:

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Donate Your Hair in 5 Easy Steps

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 20, 2015 0 comments

Thinking about donating your hair? You’re in the right place!

Woman holding a ponytail of hair at a St. Baldrick's event

At St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events, shavees℠ raise money for childhood cancer research by pledging to shave their heads in support of cancer patients, who often lose their hair during treatment.

St. Baldrick’s does not collect hair donations, but volunteers are welcome to shave their heads at St. Baldrick’s events and donate their hair to another organization. It’s a great way to help two charities at once and you can do it all in five easy steps!

Not yet ready to rock a bald head? You can still donate your hair and help find cures for kids with cancer with a Do What You Want fundraiser.

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Families

How It Feels to Be a Parent of an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Survivor

by Jessica Jensen
March 19, 2015 0 comments

Ellie was diagnosed with childhood cancer when she was 2. She’s now 8 and cancer free, but her childhood cancer journey is far from over. “There is a price to be paid for surviving,” her mom, Jessica, writes.

Ellie with her parents and sister last year

Ellie, right, with her family last year. Ellie is now three years post-treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Six and a half years ago, standing in the pediatric intensive care unit with our 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, a pediatric oncologist informed us that she had high-risk B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“This is the kind we get better from,” he said. We were just two days into this world of childhood cancer, and those words sounded pretty good to us.

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Research

First Grants of 2015: Investing in the Future of Childhood Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 18, 2015 0 comments

When it comes to finding cures for childhood cancers, some might think that $5,000 is a drop in the bucket. But we’re here to tell you that $5,000 makes a big difference!

2015 Summer Fellows

Today, we’re happy to announce our 2015 Summer Fellow Grants. This year, 18 institutions have been awarded these $5,000 grants, which will support medical school or college students in the lab on a childhood cancer research project over one summer.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

‘Until We Find a Cure’: Childhood Cancer Survivor Rallies the Crowd in Denver [VIDEO]

by Preston Kilzer
March 17, 2015 0 comments

Before Preston Kilzer shaved his head for the seventh time last Friday, he gave this speech to a crowded room at the Fado Irish Pub head-shaving event in Denver.

Photos of Preston Kilzer during and after treatment for childhood cancer
I’m Preston and I’m 12 years old. I am a cancer survivor. When I started kindergarten at the age of 6, I was bald and just finished battling a very tough war.

This is my story.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

How to Celebrate Honored Kids at Your Event

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

Kids are at the heart of everything St. Baldrick’s does, including our events. Our Honored Kids and their families are the faces of the fight and we gain strength and inspiration from their stories. But how do you honor them at your event? Here are five ideas to get you started.

1. Give them a rock star welcome

Rent a limo, roll out the red carpet — give your Honored Kids the star treatment! If the child is in a wheelchair, decorate it to the hilt. Pump up the crowd before they come in the door. Throw confetti, drop balloons and wave signs — they deserve it.

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Families

‘I Had Cancer Too’: Joseph and His Family Go Bald to Help Kids With Cancer

by Rebecca Bernot, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 13, 2015 0 comments

Honored Kid Joseph Burken is two years post-treatment for a brain tumor, and he’s shaving his head with his family this weekend. Read on to learn about his childhood cancer journey and why funding research is so important to the Burkens.

Joseph and his siblings riding bikes

Joseph, second from left, riding bikes with his siblings.

If you were to watch Joseph in motion, you’d see a normal 8-year-old boy running, laughing, riding his bike, and building Legos with his siblings. You’d probably never guess there was a tumor lying dormant inside his head.

In fact, until he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor nearly four years ago, his parents never would have guessed it either.

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