Facts

What is Sarcoma?

by Jeffrey Toretsky, M.D.
June 30, 2020
what is sarcoma

Dr. Jeffrey Toretsky is a St. Baldrick’s researcher at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. He explains what sarcoma is, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and how research is helping kids and adults with this type of cancer.

What is sarcoma?

A sarcoma is a bumpy tumor that occurs in the connective tissues (nerves, muscles and bones) anywhere in the body.

Sarcomas are rare, especially in young children. In kids between 10 and 20, sarcomas make up about 20-25% of childhood cancer diagnoses.

Sarcomas can start off being tiny lumps that you can’t feel. They can spread through the body, or metastasize, before they grow big enough to be seen.

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Survivors

Happy Father’s Day – To a Child Love is Spelled T.I.M.E.

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 1, 2020

They say you can always tell what’s important to someone by how they spend their time. The best dads spend it scaring away the monsters in our closets, continuing to read each time we say, “One more time,” and baking in the sun just to see us score our first home run. Their pride and joy at even our most minor accomplishments makes us feel like we can take on the world. 

3 Father's with their kidsFrom left to right: David and son Finley, Jeff and son Micah, Bobby and daughter Rebekah.

To celebrate Father’s Day, we’re spotlighting three very special Fathers in the St. Baldrick’s community. All of them have had their lives shaken by cancer. Each of their stories covers a different chapter in the story and journey of survivorship. 

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Survivors

Leave No Stone Left Unturned: To Fund the Best Childhood Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 1, 2020

Your Donations Help Find Cures and Improve Quality of Life for Survivors

St. Baldrick’s is dedicated to scouring the nation in a relentless pursuit to discover and unearth the most promising research. We fund the most innovative researchers so they may provide the most effective and ground-breaking treatments to every single childhood cancer. It’s this tenacity that ensures donors that they’re helping to propel advancements that will find cures for childhood cancers and develop less toxic treatments, giving survivors long and healthy lives. We find and fund the very best of the best. So put your money in the hands of the researchers who offer us all the very best chance to make a huge impact. Please donate today.

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Survivors

You Don’t Beat Cancer… You Survive It.

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 1, 2020

You don’t have to have cancer to understand that the journey is an emotional roller-coaster. The fear of what awaits around the next corner can be all-consuming. But what most people who haven’t experienced cancer don’t understand, is that unlike a roller-coaster, the ride never ends.

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Real-Life Stories

The Long and Winding Road to Survivorship

by Kate Bernstein, Micah's Mom
June 1, 2020

Before the doctors even told us, I knew. Micah had cancer. Even without understanding the enormity of what lay ahead, I knew that it meant my life and worse, my child’s life, would never be the same. Now I’m sharing my son Micah’s story because I believe in the critical need to support childhood cancer research with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Please join me in giving hope to the next child faced with a cancer diagnosis. 

Micah holding up picture of himself

Most parents simply hope their child grows up to be a good person. 

I mostly hope mine just gets the chance to grow up.  

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Why I Give

Three Ways You Can Help Kids with Cancer While Online

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 4, 2020
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When you’re online, are you…

A) Shopping or selling
B) Searching for information
C) Helping fund childhood cancer research
D) All the above.

If you’re answer isn’t D, it can be — and it’s super easy too!

Did you know that there are things that you are already doing online that can be turned into donations towards lifesaving childhood cancer research? Here are three ways to take your online activity to the next level by turning your actions into real donations — it couldn’t be any easier than this!

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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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