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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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Losing His Hair by Choice: Aaron Shaves for the First Time Since His Diagnosis

by Aaron Thompson
March 13, 2015 0 comments

Ambassador Aaron is shaving tomorrow for the first time since he was diagnosed with childhood cancer. Now in remission, he reflects on what braving the shave means to him now.

Aaron is shaving for the first time since he was diagnosed with childhood cancer.

After shaving his head for St. Baldrick’s four years in a row, Aaron was diagnosed with Burkitt non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012. He’s now in remission.

After taking a year off from shaving my head, I’ve decided to brave the shave again!

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Research

Our Day at CHLA: St. Baldrick’s Staffers Meet the Minds Behind the Grants

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 12, 2015 0 comments

It’s not often that St. Baldrick’s staff get to meet the faces behind the grants we fund. In a rare and special visit, St. Baldrick’s staffers were invited to step into the labs of St. Baldrick’s researchers Dr. Robert Seeger, Dr. Muller Fabbri and Dr. Chintan Parekh at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Join us on the tour!

St. Baldrick's Foundation staff pose in front of Children's Hospital Los Angeles

St. Baldrick’s Foundation staff pose in front of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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