Events and Fundraisers

Sarah’s Shave for Abby [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 27, 2016

Last month, 2012 Ambassador Sarah told us how excited she was for her upcoming shave. We were, too — so we filmed it!

When Sarah Swaim says that she knows what kids with cancer are going through, it’s true.

That’s because the three-time shavee is also a two-time childhood cancer survivor.

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Head-Shaving

What I Think of When I Hear the Word ‘Cancer’

by Cierra Walsh
April 22, 2016

Cierra Walsh was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her right femur on March 19, 2014. She went through nine months of chemotherapy and four surgeries on her leg. Now, the 15-year-old has a strong voice for kids with cancer — read what she has to say about it.

Cierra and her friends at the head-shaving event

Cierra, surrounded by her friends, poses with her newly shaved head.

People often say that the three most important words in the English language are “I love you.”

But my life experience suggests something different. The three most important words to me are “you have cancer.”

Everything in my life has been changed by those three simple words.

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Families

A Sibling Ally in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

by Nina Doyle
April 20, 2016

As the oldest of three siblings, Nina has always been protective of her two brothers. But when she found out her youngest brother, William, had childhood cancer, everything changed. Read Nina’s story of how her family came together to conquer childhood cancer.

Nina and her brothers make silly faces

The Doyle siblings (left to right): Thomas, Nina, and William.

I will never forget one day in September 2002. It was the day my youngest sibling, William, was diagnosed with pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB), a rare form of lung cancer.

The words “your brother has cancer” still ring in my ears to this day.

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Head-Shaving

Sport Clips Breaks St. Baldrick’s Record for Most Heads Shaved at Once [PHOTO ESSAY]

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 15, 2016

To kick off our new national partnership, Sport Clips decided to celebrate with their biggest head-shaving event yet. Over 130 heads were shaved — at the same time! See how much fun it can be to break a record while helping fund childhood cancer research.

Sport Clips Shave the Day group photo

Sport Clips, our first national partner, hosted a head-shaving event last week in San Antonio, Texas, to show just how excited they are to help conquer childhood cancer. And to shave some heads, of course!

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Research

Why I Was Drawn to Pediatric Cancer Research: Thoughts of a St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow

by Raymond Chang
April 12, 2016

Raymond Chang is a student at Weill Cornell Medical College studying to be a doctor. Thanks to a St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellow grant, he’ll be spending his summer researching DIPG, an inoperable and always fatal pediatric brain tumor. Read what Raymond has to say about what led him to DIPG research.

Raymond Chang in the lab

The first time I visited Dr. Souweidane’s lab, I was drawn to a series of banners hanging in the foyer.

Instead of the presentation posters or published work that decorate most lab hallways, these were portraits of beaming kids — tissue donors from the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. Below each portrait were dates of birth and death, and the type of brain tumor that each had been diagnosed with.

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Do What You Want

A ‘Bald’ Mitzvah to Remember

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 11, 2016

Nathan Z. has shaved his head at St. Baldrick’s events every year since he was in second grade. But this year, he did something different. Read how Nathan is making a difference for kids with cancer without going bald.

Nathan with his second grade teacher, Mrs. Kinsley

Nathan smiles with his second grade teacher, Mrs. Kinsley, and her daughter, Fallon.

When you’ve been shaving your head for kids with cancer for the past seven years, it can feel a bit weird to take a year off.

Thirteen-year-old Nathan Z. knows the feeling.

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Survivors

2014 Ambassador Lauren Finishes Neuroblastoma Clinical Trial

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 8, 2016

It’s been a long road, but 2014 Ambassador Lauren made it. The survivor just finished up a clinical trial that marks the end of her treatment for childhood cancer. Read on to learn more about the trial and how she feels about reaching this milestone.

Ambassador Lauren smiles

Ambassador Lauren had been in remission for two years before starting on a clinical trial meant to keep her cancer-free.

March 1 was a big day for 2014 Ambassador Lauren.

It was the last day of a 27-month clinical trial meant to keep the 18-year-old in remission. Four pills that morning and four pills that night were all that stood between Lauren and the end of a long journey.

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Families

A Special Bond: Julian and Brayden’s Story

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 7, 2016

Honored Kid Julian is not only Brayden’s big brother. He’s his hero. When Julian passed away from childhood cancer, 6-year-old Brayden was determined to shave for St. Baldrick’s in his brother’s memory and to keep their team, Julian’s Army, marching toward a cure. Read on for more about Julian’s journey, the boys’ special bond, and Brayden’s upcoming shave.

Brayden and Julian smile with their arms around each other

Brayden (left) and Julian smile with their arms around each other.

On Valentine’s Day, Brayden made his big brother Julian a valentine.

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Head-Shaving

Battle of the Bald: The Ultimate College Head-Shaving Tournament

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 5, 2016

It’s the ultimate college showdown — St. Baldrick’s head-shaving style.

Battle of the Bald

March Madness may have ended, but this college showdown just started.

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Advocacy

A Seat at the Table: Pediatric Cancer and the Moonshot Panel

by Danielle Leach, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 5, 2016

Yesterday, a panel of cancer experts were named to Vice President Joe Biden’s ‘moonshot’ initiative to cure cancer. Read what Danielle Leach, our Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, has to say about this step forward for kids with cancer.

Mason Leach and his brother

Danielle’s oldest sons, Mateo (left) and Mason. Mason was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 3.

For most families, the dinner table is a safe place. But for me, it’s a constant reminder that my son Mason is not there.

Dinner was always a time where our family shared laughs, ideas and dreams, and our son Mason was often the loudest at the table. He yearned to be heard among the lively bunch that is our family.

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