Families

Thank You from the St. Baldrick’s Ambassadors

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 27, 2014 0 comments

Our St. Baldrick’s Ambassadors say “thank you” in a special video. Learn more about our Ambassadors.

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Holiday Gift Ideas: 9 Gifts That Give Back to Kids With Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 26, 2014 0 comments

We already gave you the ultimate holiday gift idea: a gift that gives back to kids with cancer all year long. And we gave you two special card designs to go with it.

But maybe you’re still looking for that little extra something to make your gift stand out under the tree.

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Hope for the Holidays: Give the Gift of Childhood Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 26, 2014 0 comments

Do you really want another tie, watch, or bath set?

Christmas socks
They probably don’t, either.

This year, give a gift that means something. Give the gift of children’s cancer research.

Make your donation here, and then choose from two card designs that let them know they’re getting a gift that gives back to countless families. Save your favorite card, print it, and deliver it with a “ho ho ho!”

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Research

International Scholar Works to Give Kids With Cancer in Uganda a Chance

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 25, 2014 0 comments

Burkitt lymphoma is one of the most common cancers found in children in Africa, but early detection — and survival — is heartbreakingly rare. As one of St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s first International Scholars, Dr. Joseph Lubega is working in his birth country of Uganda to develop diagnostic tools that can help catch this cancer early and give kids in Africa a chance at a healthy life.

Dr. Lubega Africa childhood cancer

St. Baldrick’s International Scholar Dr. Joseph Lubega is studying methods for early detection of cancers common in children in Africa, who are often diagnosed too late or not at all. Dr. Lubega visited with 2-year-old Portia, who has acute myeloid leukemia, in Uganda.

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Families

Leukemia Survivor’s Team Raises Almost $10,000 for Childhood Cancer Research

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 24, 2014 0 comments

St. Baldrick’s Honored Kid Sofia was just 2 years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Now, four years later, she’s a vibrant first grader with her very own St. Baldrick’s team, Sofia’s Shaves Saves, which raised a whopping $9,697 for childhood cancer research during their first St. Baldrick’s event. Help Sofia’s team reach their 2015 fundraising goal. Donate today.

Sofia and her brother at a St. Baldrick's event in Bellmore, New York

Sofia, who was diagnosed with cancer when she was 2 years old, and her brother attended a St. Baldrick’s event in Bellmore, New York.

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Do What You Want

Give Up Your Coffee With St. Baldrick’s on #GivingTuesday

by Alison Sutton, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 22, 2014 0 comments

First, there’s Black Friday. Then, Cyber Monday. And saving the best for last — #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday
On Tuesday, December 2, people, charities and businesses around the world are encouraged to come together with one goal in mind: to give back.

Free yourself from the same old fundraising grind with a #GivingTuesday fundraiser that asks people to give a donation to childhood cancer research instead of buying a cup of coffee. Then reward contributors with a free cup of joe donated by a local cafe!

Want to brew up donations to childhood cancer research with your own #GivingTuesday coffee campaign? Here’s how to give it a shot in seven steps:

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Survivors

How I Learned to Call Myself a Childhood Cancer Survivor

by Dave Lee
November 21, 2014 0 comments

Dave was diagnosed with childhood cancer when he was 13. Six years later, he’s shaving to help find a cure for all kids’ cancers. Join Dave — be a shavee℠!

After surviving childhood cancer, Dave got involved in breakdancing. “With each activity I pursued, I reveled in feeling less like a cancer patient and more like an average kid,” he said.

For me, the most difficult part of my bout with childhood cancer was not on my road to becoming a cancer survivor, but rather in becoming comfortable calling myself a cancer survivor.

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Remembering Denis Keegan, a Hero for Kids With Cancer

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

Denis Keegan

Denis Keegan was enthusiastic about St. Baldrick’s from the start.

Last week we said a sad farewell to a very important person in St. Baldrick’s history.

I first met Denis, then Chief Development Officer at the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, when he hired me in 1997. He was an excellent mentor, ending his career with more than 40 years in successful nonprofit development work. He also became a treasured friend, who set me on the road to what has become my life’s most important work.

In 1999, Denis first heard from John Bender and Enda McDonnell, founders of what has become St. Baldrick’s. They were planning an event for St. Patrick’s Day in 2000 to raise $17,000 for childhood cancer research, and the question was, “Can you take the donations, so we can tell donors where the money is going?” Not everyone would have said yes to strangers who planned to shave heads in a bar, but Denis did — and the event raised more than $104,000. Being of proud Irish descent, Denis was enthusiastic about St. Baldrick’s from the start.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Tech Company CEO Shaves His Head for Childhood Cancer Research

by Heather Kash, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 14, 2014 0 comments

A recent challenge between two CEOs turned into a whole lot more for childhood cancer research and other worthy causes — like $1 million more! Heather Kash, Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Risk Management at St. Baldrick’s, explains.

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Jim Kavanaugh, CEO of World Wide Technology, Inc. shaved for St. Baldrick’s after being challenged by fellow CEO John Chambers.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

‘Until a Cure Is Found’: An Eight-Time Shavee Tells His Story

by Liam Hogan
November 12, 2014 0 comments

Liam first shaved his head for St. Baldrick’s in 2007. Since then, he has shaved every year and raised over $50,000 for childhood cancer research! You can help kids with cancer, too. Be a shavee℠.

Liam Hogan with brother Aiden and dad Bill after shaving their heads to help kids with cancer

Liam, right, with his dad and brother after shaving their heads at a St. Baldrick’s event in 2013.

I first became involved with St. Baldrick’s when I was 9 years old. It was 2007 and my dad and his pal Joey had started a head-shaving event at a small Irish pub in midtown Manhattan. I thought the idea of shaving my head to help kids with cancer sounded cool, so I reached out to two of my closest friends and asked them to shave with me.

The next day, we went to school and got some of our friends to join us. At the time, we didn’t have a full grasp of what exactly we were doing, but the seeds were planted for the future.

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