Head-Shaving

25 Things I Thought While Getting My Head Shaved for Children’s Cancer Research

by Collin Yarbrough
March 30, 2017

What goes through a shavee’s head when the clippers start buzzing? Seven-time shavee and head-shaving event emcee Collin Yarbrough is ready to tell all. Read on for 25 thoughts from the man himself…

Collin shaves in Raleigh, North Carolina

Collin shaves at the Glenwood South head-shaving event in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1) In just a few minutes I’ll have less hair than Mr. Clean and Captain Picard combined.
2) I’m another year older. Am I sure my hair will grow back?
3) I mean… I have heard stories that it just stops growing back.
4) Oh, crap. What if it comes back grey?
5) How much is hair dye?

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Advocacy

March’s Advocate of the Month: Kelly Forebaugh

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 29, 2017

The March Advocate of the month is Kelly Forebaugh, a hero for kids with cancer who wears many hats — she’s the Director of Hero Funds and Memorials at St. Baldrick’s, mom to a cancer survivor, a staunch advocate for children’s cancer research, a shavee and a regular at Childhood Cancer Action Days on Capitol Hill. What inspires her to do all this? Read on to find out.

Kelly getting her head shaved by her son

Kelly gets her head shaved by her son, Jackson, during their family’s 2016 St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event.

In 2005, Kelly Forebaugh’s son Jackson was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive childhood cancer in his kidneys, called a rhabdoid tumor of the kidney. He was just 15 months old.

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Advocacy

From the Boro to the Hill: St. Baldrick’s Shavees Advocate in D.C.

by Lauren Feller, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 29, 2017

Six St. Baldrick’s shavees from Tennessee have been volunteering for years to raise money for childhood cancer research — but their dedication to the cause doesn’t end there. Read on to learn about each of these incredible individuals and how they went from head-shaving in Murfreesboro to advocating on Capitol Hill.

bald in the boro outside the capitol

The ‘Bald in the Boro’ group (from left to right): Marshall Campbell, Isaac Harrison, Jeremy Harrison, Logan Simmons, Chris Simmons, and Joyce Tibbs.

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Families

More Than Just A Bald Head: Taking Back Cheyenne’s Childhood

by Amy Dyess
March 24, 2017

Between holidays spent in the hospital and too many missed days of school, 2016 Ambassador Cheyenne’s childhood doesn’t look the same as other kids her age. Read on to hear how her mom, Amy, is fighting to take Cheyenne’s childhood back from cancer.

cheyenne and brother

Cheyenne and her little brother, Tristen, spending time together during Cheyenne’s treatment.

We’ve all seen them — the sappy commercials with cute bald kids, or the heartbreaking photos on our social media feeds depicting children in the midst of horrible cancer treatments.

But what are those kids going through after those photos are taken? What are the other tolls cancer takes?

Our 12-year-old daughter Cheyenne has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment every day for the past two years, and she still has five more months of treatment to go.

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Advocacy

Now Is the Time for MORE Investment in Research, Not Less

by Jeffrey M. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D.
March 23, 2017

The Administration’s FY18 Budget proposes a $5.8 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health — a move that St. Baldrick’s researcher Dr. Jeffrey Lipton finds concerning for the future of childhood cancer research. Read on for more about the proposed budget, Dr. Lipton’s fears and what YOU can do about it.

Cheyenne strikes a strong pose

As a physician scientist who has treated children with cancer for decades, I am deeply concerned about the President’s proposed federal budget for the coming year.

I know this budget will be carefully reviewed by many, and that Congress holds the purse strings. That’s why I’m counting on our champions in the House and Senate to stand up for our children.

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Head-Shaving

Be Bold and Go Bald: Tech Executive Shaves for Kids’ Cancer Research

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

When it came time to shave off her dark bob for kids’ cancer research, IBM executive Diana Kelley didn’t give it a second thought. Neither did her tech company colleagues. In fact, they cheered her on! Read on for more about Diana and why she shaved for childhood cancer research. (And heads up, St. Baldrick’s will be introducing a new campaign called Tech Tackles Cancer — a global initiative that unites tech companies worldwide to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Stay tuned!)

Diana shaves

Diana shaves alongside her partner at a global information security conference last month in San Francisco.

As a global security executive at IBM, Diana Kelley is used to making big decisions.

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Families

‘They Know Who They’re Fighting For’: Luke’s Legacy

by Scott Ungerer
March 21, 2017

Honored Kid Luke was just 3 years old when an MRI scan revealed a large tumor in his brain. When Luke passed away seven months later, his parents chose to honor Luke by starting a Hero Fund in his name — and they’ve been working hard to help fund childhood cancer research ever since. This fall, they got to see first-hand how their hard work is paying off. Luke’s dad, Scott, tells the story.

Luke Superhero Cape

You can learn more about Luke’s Army by visiting his Hero Fund.

This is a story about love.

A story about joy and happiness, fear and anger and sadness — about faith and, ultimately, hope.

This story begins with one tiny drop of water in the vast ocean of life.

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Do What You Want

5 Ways You Can Fundraise For Kids With Cancer This Spring

by Kristine Malicse, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 20, 2017

Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming, and the snow is melting. Whether you’re enjoying a week of freedom or looking to spend quality time with your friends and family, spring into the new season by helping fund childhood cancer research. Here are 5 ways to get you started.

1. DIY Music Festival. Spring is the unofficial start of festival season — so why not create your very own music festival with close friends and dance the day away?

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News

Champions Needed: The Future of Childhood Cancer Research is at Stake

by Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 17, 2017

This week the St. Baldrick’s Foundation calls to your attention two urgent challenges.

First, the new federal budget proposal calls for a cut of nearly 20% for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest funding source for childhood cancer research.

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Facts

Who Is St. Baldrick?

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 17, 2017

We get this question a lot — who is St. Baldrick of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation?

Who is St. Baldrick?

Is he the patron saint of the shaved? Does he have something to do with male pattern baldness? Would he be the wrong guy to pray to for a good hair cut?

No, no, and — maybe?

What we’re trying to say is that a saint named Baldrick doesn’t really exist.

(We know you’re disappointed, but we promise it gets better!)

The name St. Baldrick’s is a mashup of St. Patrick’s Day and the word “bald” — two things which sum up the humble beginnings of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer foundation that funds grants for childhood cancer research through shaving events and other fundraisers across the globe.

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