Facts

How to Care for a Shaved Head: 6 Tips from the Pros

by Emily Kilpatrick, St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 29, 2016

Taking care of a shaved head is easy with these six tips.

smiling-shavee

Every year, tens of thousands of men, women, and kids shave their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. They do it for one reason: to cure cancer. That’s right — in 2015, more than 50,000 people shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s, raising money for childhood cancer research. That’s a lot of bald heads!

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Whether you’ve recently shaved or you’ve been sporting the no-hair look for years, do you know the best ways to care for your head? Neither did we, so we turned to the men and women who have helped more people go bald than anyone else we know: our St. Baldrick’s barbers.

Hair care professionals from across the U.S. answered our call for advice, and they gave us some great tips! Here’s what our barbers had to say:

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Advocacy

St. Baldrick’s Joins Cancer Moonshot Summit in D.C.

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 29, 2016

Today, we’re joining Vice President Joe Biden and 300 cancer experts in Washington for the Cancer Moonshot Summit, the next step forward in a $1 billion national effort to accelerate cancer research. See how we’re making sure kids with cancer are part of the conversation.

Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C.

When President Obama announced a “moonshot” to cure cancer at the beginning of the year, we were proud to stand behind this national effort to conquer cancer once and for all.

Today, we’re making sure kids with cancer are a part of that effort.

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Advocacy

Tell Congress to Support the New Palliative Care Bill

by Danielle Leach, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 22, 2016

Today, Danielle Leach, our Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, is on the Hill to advocate for a new bill that will help kids with cancer get the care they need. She explains what the PCHETA Bill means for kids with cancer and how you can take action right from home.

Danielle holds a PCHETA sign

Danielle stands in Washington, D.C., advocating for the PCHETA Bill.

There is nothing worse for a parent than to see their child in pain.

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Families

Life After Brain Cancer: Isaac’s Late Effects

by April Schippers
June 21, 2016

Ambassador Isaac finished treatment for medulloblastoma almost four years ago. But today, on the five-year anniversary of his diagnosis, the effects of childhood cancer are still evident in his everyday life. Read what his mom, April, has to say about what survivorship looks like for Isaac.

Isaac and his mom, April

People often say to me, “Move on. Let it go. He’s cancer free. We’re sick of hearing about it.”

Yes, it has been some time since Isaac finished treatment for medulloblastoma on August 24, 2012. He has made tremendous strides, and let’s face it — he’s still here and cancer free.

So why don’t I forget it? Why do I seem forever trapped in this cancer nightmare?

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Facts

What Is Proton Therapy?

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 20, 2016

Dr. Ralph Ermoian is a radiation oncologist and St. Baldrick’s infrastructure grant recipient at the University of Washington. He explains what proton therapy is, how it works, and how this treatment is helping kids and adults with cancer.

What is Proton Therapy

What is proton therapy?

Proton therapy is a type of radiation used commonly for children with cancer. Like traditional x-ray radiation, it is used to treat cancers, but proton therapy affects less of the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.

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Head-Shaving

And the St. Baldrick’s 2016 #BestBaldDad Is…

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 19, 2016

We’ve already shaved over 40,000 heads this year to raise money for kids’ cancer research. That’s a lot of bald heads! So for Father’s Day, we wanted to do something special for all the extra-special dads who went bald in support of kids with cancer. Check out the results of our #BestBaldDad contest below.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation presents the #BestBaldDad contest

This year’s #BestBaldDad contest made for some tough decisions. How could you not vote for all of them?

After thousands of votes and countless requests to crown them all as the #BestBaldDad, we finally have our top three winners, each receiving a prize from our St. Baldrick’s shop and Headbands of Hope!

Introducing your 2016 #BestBaldDads:

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Families

From Denial to Triumph: A Grandfather’s Journey With Childhood Cancer

by Gary Crays
June 17, 2016

When Gary Crays found out his grandson, Ezra, had childhood cancer, he was devastated. Read Gary’s account of what it was like to witness Ezra’s childhood cancer journey and how St. Baldrick’s gave him a way to fight back.

Gary holds Ezra in the park

Ezra was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) when he was 4 months old.

Denial. That’s what I felt when I first learned that my newborn grandson, Ezra, had abnormal blood counts.

His parents and his big brother were as healthy as could be, and his mother was careful to extremes during her pregnancy. I thought, “Whatever this is, it will quickly resolve itself.”

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Families

The Best Worst News: Ezra’s Story

by Elisabeth Parker
June 16, 2016

Since his birth three years ago, little Ezra has learned to love airplanes, chocolate milk, and his big brother. He’s also learned what it’s like to have childhood cancer. Read what Ezra’s mom, Elisabeth, has to say about his early diagnosis and how some bad news ended up saving Ezra’s life.

Ezra with his glasses on

Ezra, now in remission, was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) when he was 4 months old.

On the morning of April 20, 2013, we welcomed our second son, our sweet, little Ezra. For a couple hours, all was well with the world.

We can’t remember the exact moment, or the exact words that first brought news of Ezra’s medical issues, but nothing could have prepared us for the frightening journey we embarked upon that day.

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Families

The Girl Who Beat the Odds: Lily’s Story

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 14, 2016

Spunky, determined, and positive, 11-year-old Lily is a childhood cancer survivor in a family continually facing the disease. Read on for more of her inspirational story and see how two-time shavee℠ is helping other kids like her.

Lily with her mom, Jennifer, during Lily's 2014 shave

Lily with her mom, Jennifer, during Lily’s 2014 shave.

For the Mallory family, hope is a curly-haired, 11-year-old girl named Lily.

In 2008 at the age of 3, Lily was diagnosed with two cancers — an adrenal cortical carcinoma and a sarcoma in her leg. Years later, her mom was diagnosed with two cancers too — breast cancer and sarcoma in her arm. The breast cancer has since metastasized to her bones, lungs and brain.

“There’s only so much you can do, but you could always be that one. You could be the Lily that defies all the odds,” said her mother, Jennifer.

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Kids with Cancer

We’ll Miss You, Sweet Avery

by Jane Hoppen, Director of Family Relations, St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 13, 2016

This morning, we learned that 2013 Ambassador Avery passed away.

Ambassador Avery in her photoshoot

In loving memory of sweet Avery, forever 13.

“She was peaceful and calm,” wrote her mom, Stephanie, on the Fabulous Team Avery Facebook group earlier today.

Even though we knew Avery was on hospice, the words felt like a sucker punch to the gut. No amount of preparation could have prepared us for the news that childhood cancer claimed the life of a fabulous kid like Avery.

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