Head-Shaving

Why Our Honored Families Love St. Baldrick’s Shavees

by Lauren Feller, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 24, 2017

It’s no secret — here at St. Baldrick’s, we adore our amazing shavees℠ and everything they do to help fund childhood cancer research. We couldn’t do it without them! And we’re not the only ones who feel that way — read on to find out why our Honored Families and Ambassadors love St. Baldrick’s shavees.

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Fundraising Tips

5 Ways to Use Twitter to Increase Your Fundraising

by Alison Sutton, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 23, 2017

Follow @StBaldricks on Twitter.

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Twitter is a great tool to connect with St. Baldrick’s shavees, volunteers, and share with your family and friends about your fundraising initiatives for childhood cancer research!

Here are our five favorite tips for using Twitter to increase your fundraising:

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Advocacy

February’s Advocate of the Month: Wendy Baskins

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 22, 2017

Need some monthly inspiration? We’ve got it! Each month we will be highlighting one of our heroes right here on the blog. Without further ado, say hello to our first Advocate of the Month: Wendy Baskins. Wendy never backs down from a fight — just like her son, Stephen, who battled cancer three times. Read on for more about Stephen, what he taught her, and why Wendy fights for families facing childhood cancer.

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Wendy wears a big grin as she goes bald for childhood cancer research during the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave event. Courtesy of Cassell Photography

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That is one of the many things Wendy Baskins learned from her son, Stephen.

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Families

The Kid With Superhero Cells: Leon’s Immunotherapy Story

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 21, 2017

Honored Kid Leon is one tough cookie. He’s fought childhood cancer not just once, but twice, and this time, Leon and his family hope it’s gone for good — thanks to an immunotherapy trial run by Leon’s buddy Dr. Daniel Lee, an investigator with the Stand Up to Cancer – St. Baldrick’s Dream Team.

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Leon and St. Baldrick’s researcher Dr. Daniel Lee share some smiles.

Everything changed one hot summer day in Colorado. Leon was spraying his cousins with a water gun and playing with the hose. Then the 9-year-old slipped on the slick deck and fell hard.

It was a badly bruised hip, said the doctors in the emergency room. It will heal. But it didn’t. Leon’s grandmother, Lisa, watched her normally active grandson walk gingerly and even resort to crutches.

Then she watched Leon get tired more quickly than a kid should. And then she watched him sleep. He slept and slept.

“And I knew then,” Lisa said. “I was like, ‘I think he’s sick again.’”

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Facts

Types of Childhood Cancer: Philadelphia Chromosome Positive ALL

by Gordon Cohen M.D., M.P.H.
February 20, 2017
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Dr. Gordon Cohen is a St. Baldrick’s Fellow at the John Hopkins Children’s Center. He’s testing new drugs for patients with Ph+ALL who relapse or fail to respond to treatment. He explains Ph+ALL symptoms, treatment options, and how your support is moving clinical trials forward to help kids with this disease.

What is Ph+ALL?

Philadelphia Chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ALL) is a rare subtype of the most common childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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Head-Shaving

5 Reasons to Shave Your Head on St. Patrick’s Day

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 17, 2017

Looking for a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day AND make a difference? Go bald with us crazy head-shaving people!

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We are the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered childhood cancer charity that raises money for research through head-shaving events across the globe.

(We also got our start on St. Patrick’s Day, when three guys shaved bald in a bar to raise money for kids’ cancer research. But more on that later!)

As the second largest funder of childhood cancer research grants behind the United States government, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $200 million in grants to researchers working to give kids with cancer a better future.

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Do What You Want

Should I Shave My Head? [QUIZ]

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 16, 2017

To shave your head or not to shave, that is your question. Well, we’re here to help! Dive into our handy dandy flowchart to get the answers you seek — and help kids with cancer at the same time.

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Research

The Global Problem of Childhood Cancer and St. Baldrick’s International Impact

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 15, 2017

Kids fight cancer all over the world — but they don’t all have the same chance for a cure. This International Childhood Cancer Day, learn more about the global problem of childhood cancer and what St. Baldrick’s is doing about it, as explained by St. Baldrick’s researcher and Scientific Advisory Committee member Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo.

International Childhood Cancer Day 2017

A child is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, in New York. Another child is fighting ALL in Guatemala City. And another in rural Uganda.

All of those kids should have the chance to live long and healthy lives and have access to the best treatments possible. But the reality is more complicated.

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Survivors

‘Our Own Little Valentine’s Day’: Ambassador Sarah’s Wedding Story

by Sarah Rostock
February 14, 2017

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, your favorite lovebirds are back – 2012 Ambassador Sarah and her honey Patrick. You remember how it all began, almost 10 years ago – boy meets girl, girl fights cancer with boy by her side, boy pops the question. Now read on for the happiest of happy endings.

Sarah and Patrick on their wedding day

Photos courtesy of Chelsie Darling Photography

Patrick and I tied the knot on October 29, 2016. It started like any other good day, with Starbucks and reflection.

I kept thinking, ‘I am about to marry the man who had loved me through it all — through long distances, relapse, transplant, recovery, and finishing my degree. He has never failed to love me.’

I had no fears about our marriage standing the test of time, because we had already been through so much together. Our wedding day had been more than nine years in the making – and what a day it was!

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Families

‘This is Survival’: An Update on Chase

by Ellie Ewoldt
February 13, 2017

Four years ago, Chase’s doctors found an extremely rare type of brain tumor. Today, Chase is officially a childhood cancer survivor — but, as his mom Ellie explains, his journey is far from over. Read on to find out why being a survivor isn’t the end of the road for Chase and his family.

Chase and Dr. Lulla

Chase and Dr. Lulla pose for a selfie during his final visit.

“Wait, this is it?” I found myself staring incredulously at my son’s beloved neuro-oncologist.

His smile was immediate.

“This is it. You’re here. It’s time.”

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