Families

Remembering Althea

by Tina Sandi
December 1, 2016

Tina and Carlos’ childhood cancer journey didn’t begin with their son Phineas’ diagnosis in 2013. It began seven years earlier with their second child, Althea. On the 10th anniversary of Althea’s death, Tina shares how she continues to honor her daughter’s memory.

Althea and her mom

Althea and her mom.

December 1. I can feel it in my bones days before it arrives. Late fall, Thanksgiving leftovers gone, dead leaves, frost, Christmas coming, my daughter dying in my arms.

A fact of my life for 10 years now — my daughter Althea died of cancer when she was 2 years old.

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Families

Doing it Her Way: Annie’s Story

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 28, 2016

Honored Kid Annie is a force to be reckoned with. In fact, when the little girl was first diagnosed with leukemia, she told her mom, “I’m going to kick its butt.” And that’s just what this spirited fighter is doing, with her loving family backing her up. Read on for more about this amazing kid and her fight against cancer.

Annie makes a funny face

Annie doesn’t let anything stop her from being a kid — not even cancer.

The firecracker of a 5-year-old loves to dance, especially to the rock band AC/DC. Her signature move is like “the worm” but with less moving and the addition of a foot wiggle.

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Kids with Cancer

What Are Kids With Cancer Thankful For? [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 24, 2016

In the spirit of the holidays, we asked some of our Honored Kids what they’re thankful for this year.

Here’s what they had to say. (We hope it makes you smile!)

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News

Gifts That Give Back to Childhood Cancer Research: Your 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

by Lauren Feller
November 21, 2016

The holidays are all about giving. So this year, why not give gifts that give back? Check out these present-worthy goodies that just so happen to help fund childhood cancer research.


The St. Baldrick’s Shop

St. Baldrick's Shop header

If you’re in search of some St. Baldrick’s swag this holiday season, the St. Baldrick’s Shop has you covered — literally. We’ve got shirts, sweatshirts, hats, puffy vests, and even some sweet tote bags — all to help you raise awareness for childhood cancer while we put those funds toward research.

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Facts

What Is Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis?

by Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, M.D.
November 17, 2016

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo is a St. Baldrick’s researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a member of the St. Baldrick’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He explains what Langerhans cell hystiocytosis is, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and how research is helping kids and adults with this disease.

what is LCH

What is Langerhans cell hystiocytosis?

Langerhans cell hystiocytosis, often called LCH, is a disorder where the body produces too many Langerhans cells.

A Langerhans cell is a type of white blood cell that normally helps the body fight off infection. In LCH, the body produces too many of these cells. The cells build up in the body, sometimes damaging organs or forming tumors.

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Families

‘Our Miracle’: An Update on Abby

by Patty Furco
November 15, 2016

Over the summer, Abby’s dad shared some news with us: Abby was still cancer free, but her organs were failing. The doctors told her she had 48 hours to live. But Abby disagreed, and four months later, Abby’s mom wants us to know that Abby is still here — and she’s been busy!

Abby and her mom spend a day at the beach

Abby and her mom on the beach in the spring. Abby underwent a bone marrow transplant for relapsed Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January 2015 and has been battling complications ever since.

It’s been four months since we brought Abby home.

We brought our baby home because the doctors truly believed that Abby was beyond saving and it was time for end-of-life care. All of the signs were there. To all of the health care professionals from many hospitals and specialties, Abby’s body was failing and we were doing more to her than for her.

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Head-Shaving

‘So There Will Be a Cure’: One Brave 9-Year-Old Shaves for Kids With Cancer

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 10, 2016

April Wall is a mover and a shaker. When she’s determined to do something, she goes for it with all her heart — and this 9-year-old with cerebral palsy has a really big heart. Read on for more about April and why she went bald to combat childhood cancer.

April goes bald for childhood cancer

April Wall has been a determined fighter since the day she came into the world. Born three months early and diagnosed with cerebral palsy, she’s fought to move, to play, and to live like any other kid ever since.

So when the 9-year-old read a book about childhood cancer that touched her heart, she knew what she had to do. She had to fight for kids with cancer too.

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Advocacy

A ‘Meeting of the Minds’ to Look to the Future for Kids With Cancer

by Becky C. Weaver, Chief Mission Officer, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 7, 2016

What happens when a group of experts come together to discuss developments in childhood cancer research and advocacy? Some inspiring conversations about new data, drugs and therapies, important childhood cancer legislation, and more — all to make sure we’re making the best investments with YOUR donations. Get the scoop on our 2016 Research and Advocacy Priorities Summit below.

St. Baldrick's 2016 Research and Advocacy Priorities Summit

Every couple of years, St. Baldrick’s brings together our experts to take stock of what we’re doing now, and to look to the future of childhood cancer research. We examine what we are doing well, what we can do better, and what we need to do to help kids with cancer not only survive, but thrive.

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Advocacy

From Cancer Mom to Advocate: A Journey of Passion

by Nancy Lenfestey
November 4, 2016

Nancy knows advocating for childhood cancer research is more than a job. For her, it’s a passion fueled by her son Scott’s leukemia diagnosis and the shocking shortage of kid-specific treatment options available to him — a topic she helped tackle in her recent work on a comprehensive childhood cancer landscape report. Read about Nancy’s journey from childhood cancer mom to advocate, and her take on the report, below.

Nancy and son

When my son, Scott, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 3, I wavered for a good three months between wanting to know everything about childhood cancer and not wanting read a single thing.

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News

2016 Fall Grants: Laying the Foundation for a Cure

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 3, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are falling from the trees, and there’s a new chill in the air. But don’t worry about pulling out that sweater, because we’ve got just the news to warm you right up — and you helped make it happen!

Announcing our 2016 Fall Grants

Today, we are proud to announce the 2016 St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grants, totaling $2.1 million awarded to 39 institutions across the United States.

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