Real-Life Stories

For You, I’ll Shave. For You, I’ll Fight. Together, We’ll Win.

by Nicholas Mohrdieck
May 28, 2020

It’s human nature to want to make the world a better place. As I’ve matured into the 21-year-old I am today, I’ve taken a lot of time to think about this idea. We all have a purpose in our lives, but it’s what we do with that purpose that eventually affects humanity as a whole.

Nicholas, Michael and Leah smilingFrom left to right: Honored Kid Michael, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Summer Fellow grant recipient Nicholas Mohrdieck, and Honored Kid Leah

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Facts

What Is Retinoblastoma?

by Murali Chintagumpala, M.D. and Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, M.D.
May 11, 2020

Dr. Chintagumpala’s specific interests include the management of children with all brain tumors, retinoblastoma, bone tumors and kidney tumors. He serves as chair of the Retinoblastoma Sub-Committee for the Children’s Oncology Group and is a leader in conducting clinical trials involving children with brain tumors and Retinoblastoma.

Dr. Rodríguez-Galindo is a member of the St. Baldrick’s Scientific Advisory Committee. His research focuses on retinoblastoma, bone sarcomas, histiocytic disorders and rare childhood cancers.

what is retinoblastoma

What is Retinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the eye that only occurs in children and typically in very young children. Two-thirds of retinoblastoma patients are diagnosed before they’re 2 years old and more than 90% are diagnosed before turning 5.

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Events and Fundraisers

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Give the Gift of Children’s Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 7, 2020
mother and son

The best Mother’s Day gifts come from the heart. This year, give Mom something that says “I love you more than all the flowers in the world.” Give her the gift of children’s cancer research.

Make a donation to St. Baldrick’s and then print one of three special Mother’s Day cards that let your mom know just how much she means to you. Personalize it with your own message or just sign your name and send it with a hug — no postage required.

Preview the cards in the images below, right-click on the link of your favorite one to save the PDF file, and print it on your favorite card stock to let Mom know you’re giving her a gift that gives back to countless families.

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Real-Life Stories

Happy “National Nurses Day”

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 6, 2020

To celebrate we’re honoring one of the best

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as “Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” With the current global crisis, it couldn’t be more appropriate timing. Nurses and frontline workers are currently being recognized as heroes. In honor of this we’re spotlighting Chris Oless, a phase I/II pediatric oncology research nurse at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Chris is at the very forefront of the incredible work being done to advance childhood cancer research.

Nurse and Kid

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Facts

What Is Medulloblastoma?

by Elias Sayour, M.D., Ph.D. and Agnes Petrosiute, M.D.
May 1, 2020

Dr. Sayour and Dr. Petrosiute are both St. Baldrick’s Scholars. This blog was written by Dr. Petrosiute in May 2014 and updated in April 2020 by Dr. Sayour.

What is medulloblastoma?

Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in children. It originates in the back part of the brain called the cerebellum. In up to 1/3 of cases, it can spread to other parts of the brain and spinal cord. Most cases are diagnosed before age 10.

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Families

FINDING LIFE AFTER DEATH: After losing twin boys to cancer the Deckers harness the power of hope to honor them.

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 29, 2020

For a parent, losing a child shatters your core beliefs, assumptions about the world, and your expectations of how life should unfold. Losing two children only 18 months apart… truly devastating.

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Head-Shaving

5 Ways to Work Your Bald Head

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 24, 2020

The cape comes off, the broom comes out and there’s a chill around your dome that wasn’t there a few minutes ago. You’re bald … now what?

Continue fundraising to #DFYchildhoodCancers, that’s what!

Here are 5 easy ways you can work your bald head to raise funds for lifesaving childhood cancer research:

(Pssst…your participant page link stays active until the end of the year!)

man getting his head shaved

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Research

Announcing the Class of 2020: St. Baldrick’s Fellows and Summer Fellows

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 17, 2020

St. Baldrick’s donors play a key role in making new and better treatments possible for childhood cancer. One of the most important ways to make life-saving research possible — not only today but for decades to come — is to fund the training of the next generation of childhood cancer researchers.

That’s why we’re excited to announce today a bright and shiny new set of “next generation” grants.

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Families

Q & A with Siblings of the 2020 Ambassadors

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 10, 2020

April 10th is National Siblings Day. You know, your parents’ other children who push your buttons just right, make you laugh when you least expect it, or get you in trouble with mom and dad? Yeah, those people – your brother or sister, older or younger, today’s the day to show them that they are an important person in your life!

For National Siblings Day, we checked in with the brothers and sister of some of the 2020 St. Baldrick’s Ambassadors! Childhood cancer impacts the entire family, and we want to share what it feels like to be a sibling of a kid with cancer. Meet some remarkable kids who opened up to us about their experience!

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Head-Shaving

6 Tips on How to Care for a Shaved Head

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 2, 2020

Being bald means thinking about hair (or scalp) care in a whole new light. Fortunately, taking care of a shaved head is easy with these six tips.

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 #DFYchildhoodCancers.

Whether you’ve recently shaved or you’ve been sporting the no-hair look for years, do you know the best bald head care practices? 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.

bald woman smiling

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