Research

What Pulled Me Into Brain Tumor Research

by Beata Chertok, Ph.D.
July 28, 2016

Did you know that right now, there are scientists working with teeny, tiny devices that have the potential to change how the immune system fights cancer? St. Baldrick’s Scholar Dr. Beata Chertok is one of them. She explains her exciting nanotechnology research and what inspired her to enter the field.

Dr. Chertok Portrait

It all started with a letter from a mother of a teenage boy with cancer.

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Advocacy

‘Never Stop Fighting’: Why I Support the STAR Act

by Pete Bush
July 25, 2016

Thirteen-year-old Sydney spent much of her early childhood battling a brain tumor. This year, the nine-year childhood cancer survivor took a special trip with her dad, Pete, to Washington, D.C. “This experience taught us how important it is to never stop fighting for something you believe in,” Pete writes. He tells Sydney’s story and shares why the trip was so meaningful to them.

Pete Bush and Sydney at Action Days

Pete and Sydney outside of Senator Marco Rubio’s office during this year’s Childhood Cancer Action Days in Washington, D.C.

Whiplash. Pulled muscle. Bronchitis. Flu. Virus. Stomach bug. For months, it was a different diagnosis at every doctor’s visit.

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Families

10 Reasons Why My Parents Are My Heroes

by Cheyenne D.
July 24, 2016

We asked Ambassador Cheyenne who her heroes are. Her answer? “My mom and dad.” So today, for National Parents’ Day, we asked her to tell us why — and she gave us 10 great reasons. (Number 10 is our favorite!)

Cheyenne and her parents

Cheyenne with her mom and dad, Amy and Levi.

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News

St. Baldrick’s 2016 Summer Grants Are Here [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 21, 2016

Swim suit? Check. Beach towel? Check. Juicy summer reading? Check! We’ve got big news again — news that will have you tossing that sun hat into the air. Today, we are announcing our 2016 Summer Grants!

2016 Summer Grants

St. Baldrick’s is welcoming summer by awarding $22 million in grants to intrepid researchers doing incredible work across the globe.

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Facts

Childhood Cancer Facts: 10 Things You Should Know

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 19, 2016

Every year, 300,000 families around the world will hear, “Your child has cancer.” But you can do something about it.

Childhood Cancer Facts

If you want to get involved in the fight against childhood cancer, here are 10 facts you should know.

1. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.
It’s the second leading cause of death (following accidents) in children ages 5-14.

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News

New Data Shows a Child Is Diagnosed With Cancer Every 2 Minutes

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 19, 2016

Scientists have new data on how many kids are being diagnosed with cancer around the world, and the numbers are telling a startling story — that more kids are being diagnosed with cancer than we thought. Read on for more about the new statistics, what they mean, and how you can help.

Childhood cancer statistics

Childhood cancer is a big problem. But according to new estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), it’s an even bigger problem than we thought.

According to new research done by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), about 215,000 children worldwide — from infants to 14-year-olds — are newly diagnosed with childhood cancer each year.

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Kids with Cancer

‘We Fight On’: An Update on Abby

by Joe Furco
July 15, 2016

Last month, we shared a glimpse into Abby’s life after a bone marrow transplant and the complications brought on by the very treatments that saved her life. Although cancer free, some of her organs are beyond repair. But even through these difficult days, Abby’s spirit remains strong. Her dad shares this update.

Furco Family Photo

Abby with her family.

Thursday morning before work, Abby’s doctors called.

On the line were two of her transplant doctors, some intensive care specialists, a social worker, and a quality of life doctor. They suggested I come back to the hospital to be with Abby and her mom, although there was nothing emergent.

Abby is sick, they said.

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Do What You Want

Summer Fundraiser Ideas: 6 Ways You Can Help Kids With Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 7, 2016

School is out, pools are open, and grills are fired up. Whether you want to make the most of the warm weather or you’re just looking for a way to keep the kids busy, make this summer count by doing something to help kids with cancer. Here are six ideas to get you started.

Summer fundraiser ideas

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Families

Three Years of Surprises: Aiden’s Story

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 1, 2016

Before Honored Kid Aiden was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in October 2015, there seemed to be more questions than answers. But just recently, he completed his chemotherapy treatment and is loving life as a 3-year-old kid. Read on to hear about Aiden’s remarkable childhood cancer journey.

Aiden drinking milk out of straw glasses

Aiden slurping his milk from his silly straw glasses.

Aiden’s parents shouldn’t have been able to have kids.

After trying for so many years to have children — and losing some along the way — they knew something was wrong.

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News

A Heartfelt Goodbye to Two Board Members

by Sarah Swaim
July 1, 2016

Today marks the end of an era for Joe Bartlett and Chuck Chamness as they complete their terms on our board of directors. Read 2012 Ambassador Sarah’s heartfelt letter thanking them for all the hard work they’ve dedicated to kids with cancer.

Joe Bartlett and Chuck Chamness holding books

Joe Bartlett (left) and Chuck Chamness hold their goodbye gifts at their final St. Baldrick’s board meeting.

Dear Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Chamness,

I want to thank you for all you have done as members of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s board of directors.

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