Since the announcement of Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, there’s been a lot of talk about sharing genomic data to find new cures for cancers. But what exactly is data sharing, and how can we use it to help kids with cancer? Olena Morozova, co-founder of the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative, a St. Baldrick’s-supported research project, explains.
We have known for over a hundred years that cancer is caused by mutations in the DNA. But just in the last decade, we have finally developed the technology to affordably read, or “sequence,” the DNA of a tumor — also known as its genome — to find the exact genetic defects responsible for cancer in each patient.
Do these developments mean that a cure for every child’s cancer is imminent? Sadly, not yet.
Two years ago we brought you the incredible story of Kate Foster, who was just getting back to the gym after surviving childhood cancer. Now she’s 17 and still competing in gymnastics — all while keeping up top grades, applying to colleges, and advocating for kids with cancer. Read Kate’s story in her own words below.
When I was 8 years old I started competitive gymnastics and it quickly became my life.
Thanks to your advocacy efforts, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever is making its way through the Congress. But the window of opportunity is closing and we need your help now more than ever. Read on to see how you can help us make history in Washington for kids with cancer.
Liam Webb gave great hugs, told the best knock-knock jokes, and would have probably been an extraordinary rock climber one day, considering his love of scaling trees and fences. Read on for more about this amazing kid and why his parents love St. Baldrick’s and the research we fund.
Liam and his dad strike a superhero pose.
Liam was an adventurous kid, particularly when it came to climbing. The tree in his front yard drew the boy like a moth to a flame.
Isabella is a prizefighter in a tiny, 2-year-old body, knocking out childhood cancer with a smile. Read on to learn more about this incredible puzzle-loving girl, her shining spirit, and her unique childhood cancer journey.
Isabella was diagnosed with neuroblastoma last year and is currently completing her treatment.
Isabella’s favorite song suits her so perfectly that it could be the theme to her own story.
It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
That’s right. The 2-year-old is obsessed with “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song to the ultimate American underdog story, Rocky. Her mom, Jennifer, often jokes that sometimes during treatment Isabella needs a little Rocky inspiration.
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.
It all started with a letter from a mother of a teenage boy with cancer.
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 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.
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 with her mom and dad, Amy and Levi.
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!
St. Baldrick’s is welcoming summer by awarding $22 million in grants to intrepid researchers doing incredible work across the globe.