Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Pediatric Oncologist VEO Brings the St. Baldrick’s Fun to Hawaii

by Doris Rybaltowski, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 24, 2015 0 comments

Jeremy Edwards moved from Maryland to Hawaii in 2010. When he learned Hawaii had never had a St. Baldrick’s event, he decided to do something about it. Read on to learn more about Hawaii’s first St. Baldrick’s event, the man behind its success, and the reason he keeps it going every year.

Jeremy Edwards smiles with his wife and two kids after they all shaved for St. Baldrick's

Jeremy with his wife, Katey; his daughter, Lily; and his son, Owen. They all shaved at last year’s Honolulu event. Jeremy’s daughter, Claire (not pictured), volunteered at the event and cut her hair.

As a pediatric oncologist, Jeremy sees the effects of cancer on kids and their families, and he understands the power of standing — and shaving — in solidarity.

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Families

Ambassador Daisy Kicks Childhood Cancer Into the Past

by Natalie Walsh
April 24, 2015 0 comments

Last Thursday marked two years since Daisy was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of pediatric brain tumor. Now with no evidence of disease, Daisy is gaining new strength and confidence every day. Her mom, Natalie, reflects on how far Daisy’s come since that day in April 2013.

Daisy during and after treatment for medulloblastoma, a type of pediatric brain tumor

Daisy during and after treatment for medulloblastoma, a type of pediatric brain tumor.

Two years ago, Daisy was excelling in kindergarten and our lives were as normal as anyone else’s. But when the daily vomiting wouldn’t stop, I knew something was wrong.

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Research

St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow Presents at American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 23, 2015 0 comments

Maria Rich, a St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow, got the unique chance to present her research at a prominent scientific conference this past weekend. St. Baldrick’s researcher Dr. Giselle Saulnier-Sholler praised the young woman who worked in her lab. “She truly is a brilliant and compassionate researcher who will be a wonderful physician one day.” We think so, too!

St. Baldrick's Summer Fellow Maria Rich in the lab.

St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow Maria Rich in the lab, where she worked with neuroblastoma cells.

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Research

Undergrad Goes From Childhood Cancer Survivor to Summer Fellow

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 21, 2015 0 comments

Nearing five years cancer free, Daniel Kingsley is determined to help kids with cancer and he’s hit the ground running! The college freshman is going to be working in a research lab as a St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow and plans to pursue medical school. Future St. Baldrick’s researcher? We hope so!

Daniel Kingsley with Dr. Agne Petrosiute and Dr. Alex Huang.

Daniel Kingsley with Dr. Agne Petrosiute, his primary oncologist and a St. Baldrick’s Fellow, and Dr. Alex Huang, who Daniel will be working with as a St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow.

Daniel was 12 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.

“It was a ‘hits you all at once,’ like a brick wall, kind of feeling,” he said. “It takes the air right out of you, like, ‘Oh shoot, this is really happening.’ You never expect it to happen to you.”

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Research

Clinical Trials Open Doors for Kids With Cancer at Border Town Clinic

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 20, 2015 0 comments

When the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic opened in the border town of McAllen, Texas, it offered care that otherwise would have been out of reach for many kids with cancer in the area. Today its young patients have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research — the clinic, with the support of St. Baldrick’s grants, was accepted into the Children’s Oncology Group, or COG, and is now conducting COG clinical trials.

A nurse at the Vannie Cook clinic in McAllen, Texas, laughs with Alma, a patient there who has now finished treatment.

Alma, a nurse at the Vannie Cook clinic in McAllen, Texas, laughs with Leidy, a patient there who has now finished treatment.


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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Pediatric Oncology Nurse Turned VEO Believes Fun Is the Answer to Cancer

by Steven Merino, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 17, 2015 0 comments

Lynne Stiefler has been part of the childhood cancer world for over 30 years, and she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Read on to learn how she’s giving children with cancer something to smile about.

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Lynne sits with Honored Kid Amanda at a St. Baldrick’s event.

Lynne Stiefler has been around the cancer carousel for longer than most people could stomach.

She’s a retired pediatric oncology nurse with 29 years of experience under her belt. Her husband has been through two bouts with cancer. She has been involved with St. Baldrick’s for nine years, has been a shavee℠ for seven, and has been organizing the Mickey Finn’s event in Victor, New York, for four.

She doesn’t think it’s enough.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Congressman Ted Deutch Goes Bald for Kids With Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 15, 2015 0 comments

Last month, Florida Representative Ted Deutch became the first Congressperson to shave his head for St. Baldrick’s. Read on to learn more about how he’s bringing his commitment to the cause back to Capitol Hill.

Congressman Ted Deutch laughs as he gets his head shaved at a St. Baldrick's event

When Congressman Ted Deutch got a call from a friend asking if he’d get involved with St. Baldrick’s, his answer was an automatic “yes.”

He had no idea at the time that in just a few months he’d be bald.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Fundraising to the Max: Max Magilnick Hits $50,000 and Keeps Going for a Cure

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 15, 2015 0 comments

The siblings of kids with cancer are heroes in their own right. Superstar fundraiser Max Magilnick is the 14-year-old brother of St. Baldrick’s Ambassador Emily. “When I started, all I thought that I was going to raise was $1,000 at the most extremely most,” he said. But while sharing his story, shaving and raising vital funds, he discovered just how powerful he could be.

Emily and Max while she was being treated for osteosarcoma.

It was the winter of 2011 and Max felt helpless. His beloved sister, Emily, had just been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone.

What could a little brother do to help?

Turns out Max could do a lot — during four years of shaving and fundraising with St. Baldrick’s he’s blown past his goal of $50,000 and raised about $63,000 for childhood cancer research.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

No More ‘Queen’ Hair and No Regrets: Rodeo Queen Goes Bald for Kids With Cancer

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 10, 2015 0 comments

A bald rodeo queen is not something you see every day — meet Katie Perry, Miss Rodeo Illinois 2014 and a first-time St. Baldrick’s shavee℠. She’s so inspiring we just have to say yeehaw!

Katie Perry, Miss Rodeo Illinois 2014, shaved for St. Baldrick's before her reign ended.

Katie Perry, Miss Rodeo Illinois 2014, shaved for St. Baldrick’s and her event raised almost $3,000.

During Katie Perry’s year-long reign as Miss Rodeo Illinois, her dark hair had been curled and combed and teased, then topped with a cowboy hat.

It’s called “Queen Hair” and the hair care routine needed to achieve it (plus the massive amounts of hairspray) is familiar to most rodeo queens.

But then came December 20, 2014.

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Do What You Want

Help Us Celebrate Caroline’s Golden Birthday

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 9, 2015 0 comments

Ambassador Caroline would have turned 13 on April 13 — her golden birthday.

Caroline passed away soon after being announced as a 2015 St. Baldrick's Ambassador

This past January, just two days after being announced as a St. Baldrick’s 2015 Ambassador, Caroline passed away from osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone.

We are honoring her the best way we can, by raising money for childhood cancer research to help kids just like her.

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