Families

So Many Reasons to Celebrate: An Update on Grace

by Rebekah Ham
September 3, 2015 0 comments

Last month, 2014 Ambassador Grace had her final post-treatment MRI. Her mom, Bekah, shares the good news, along with some other milestones that have had them smiling this past summer.

Grace smiles with her parents

Grace smiles with her parents, Bekah and Russell.

Today, we rejoice.

Grace’s MRI in August showed no evidence of disease. And now, eight years after diagnosis, the MRIs are done.

This is a huge medical milestone every cancer parent dreams of. It hasn’t completely sunk in.

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Kathleen’s Desk

The Gift of Perspective

by Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 2, 2015 0 comments

A couple weeks ago, I donned a hospital gown (the unflattering kind that opens in the back) and hopped onto an exam table, turning its smooth white paper sheet into a bit of a crumple. As I waited for the doctor to join me, I considered what was about to happen.

Had it really been a year since my last skin cancer screening? Yes.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

St. Baldrick’s 2016 Event Registration Is Open [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 1, 2015 0 comments

Have you heard? 2016 event registration is now open!

St. Baldrick's 2016 event registration
You’ve made such a big impact for kids with cancer. Thanks to people like you, St. Baldrick’s funded over $21 million in grants this summer!

But we still have a long way to go to fill the funding gap, and we can’t wait to see the difference you’ll make for kids with cancer in 2016.

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Make A Difference

6 Ways You Can Help Kids With Cancer in September

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 31, 2015 0 comments

Chase-Childhood-Cancer-Awareness-Month
 September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know:

  • 1 in every 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer
  • In the U.S., one out of every five children with cancer will not survive
  • The vast majority of kids who do survive will suffer long-term side effects
  • 14,583 kids will be diagnosed with cancer this month alone

And every single one of them is hoping that the next treatment is the one that will save their life.

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Families

Rocking Treatment and Raising Funds for Research: Roxie’s Story

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 31, 2015 0 comments

In 2011, Holly and Nick’s world turned upside down. Their 3-year-old daughter, Roxie, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Four years later, Roxie shows no evidence of disease, and the family is devoted to raising money for childhood cancer research and boosting the public’s awareness of a little-known disease.

Roxie is held upside down by one of her parents

Roxie was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just 3 years old.

Roxie wanted to help. So, the little girl stood up on her hospital bed, grabbed the blood pressure cuff from its place on the wall and slipped it over her tiny arm. Remembering the sequence of buttons the nurses pressed, she let her little fingers do the walking and presto — the machine began to whir.

Just as the nurses arrived, 3-year-old Roxie had already started taking her own vitals.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Uncle Dave Braves the Shave for Sweet Caroline

by Dave Lugar
August 27, 2015 0 comments

Earlier this year we lost an exceptional smile and friend in Ambassador Caroline. Her uncle Dave Lugar describes her bright spirit, her “daily zest to look her best,” and how he’s committed to fight childhood cancers in her honor.

Caroline with her family just days before her passing
On January 4, 2014, we learned that our then-11-year-old niece, Caroline Richards, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a somewhat rare form of bone cancer that typically impacts children and adolescents. We of course put on our brave faces, did our research, and encouraged Caroline and her parents with everything we had. We were in this together and we were there to help.

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Survivors

Cancer to College: A New Chapter Begins for Aaron

by Aaron Thompson
August 26, 2015 0 comments

Two and a half years ago, Ambassador Aaron was just finishing treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He’s still in remission, and this week he’s starting his freshman year of college over 300 miles away from home. He shares this quick update.

Aaron sports a cap and gown and stands with his parents and sister

Aaron stands with his family at his high school graduation ceremony.

Unfortunately summer is nearly over, but it also marks the beginning of a new stage of my life. This week I’ll be starting my studies at the University of Pittsburgh. It is bittersweet that I am leaving high school behind, but I am excited for all of the fun experiences and new friends I will make over the next four years.

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Head-Shaving Fundraisers

Why You Should Start a St. Baldrick’s Event on Your Campus

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 26, 2015 0 comments

We’re shaving heads to find cures for kids’ cancer. Sound crazy? Maybe. But here are five great reasons you’ll want to join us.

College students smiling after shaving their heads together

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Families

Seven-Year Survivor: An Update on Ambassador Khalid

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 25, 2015 0 comments

St. Baldrick’s 2010 Ambassador Khalid was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with childhood cancer. Now, seven years have passed and he’s not just surviving — he’s thriving.

Four-year-old Khalid flies a toy space shuttle

Four-year-old Ambassador Khalid flies a toy space shuttle in this photo from 2010, when he was chosen to be an Ambassador.

It’s been five years since Khalid was picked as an Ambassador for St. Baldrick’s and a lot has changed.

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Kids with Cancer

The Good, the Bad, and the Same: Chase’s MRI Results

by Ellie Ewoldt
August 24, 2015 0 comments

One year ago, after a routine MRI to check for brain tumor recurrence, Chase’s doctors found some suspicious-looking spots. Since then they’ve been monitoring him closely with scans every six weeks to make sure the spots haven’t grown. Chase’s mom, Ellie, shares the news from last week’s MRI.

Chase laughs with his mom before his procedure

Chase and Ellie enjoy a pre-procedure game of “Got Your Nose.”

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