Kids with Cancer

Happy Mario Day from Ambassador Benny!

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 10, 2017

It’s Mario time! Today is March 10, otherwise known as Mar10 — Mario Day! (Get it??) We are celebrating the famous pixelated plumber with Ambassador Benny, an avid gamer and Mario’s number one fan. Ready to read on? Let’s-a go!

Benny Mario Wii games

Benny displays his expansive collection of Wii U games. He loves games where he can battle one of his friends or where he gets to be Mario, which is called a role playing game.

Benny was just 5 years old when he first encountered Mario, the mustachioed, pot-bellied hero in the monogrammed red hat who rescues princesses and destroys evil-doers in the wildly popular Nintendo game series Super Mario Brothers.

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Facts

What Is Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia?

by Edward Allan R. Sison, M.D.
March 9, 2017
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Dr. Edward Allan Sison, a former St. Baldrick’s Fellow, is a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center. He’s researching ways to make chemotherapy more effective in children with high-risk leukemias. He explains APL leukemia symptoms, treatment options, and how your support is moving research forward to help kids with this disease.

What is acute promyelocytic leukemia?

Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells. Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) comes from a type of white blood cells called promyelocytes.

Normal promyelocytes will grow up into white blood cells that fight off infection. In APL, the promyelocytes forget that they are supposed to grow up, and instead multiply at a very fast rate.

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Head-Shaving

Bold, Bald, and Beautiful: High School Senior Shaves for Kids With Cancer

by Emma Simon
March 8, 2017

Emma used to dream of being a superhero. Now, the 17-year-old is making her dreams come true by shaving her 22 inches of hair to help fund childhood cancer research. Read on to find out how Emma is encouraging all women to be bold for change this International Women’s Day.

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In first grade, my best friend and I created a game called Superheroes.

Our “superhuman” job was to walk around the playground and pick up litter. We loved it because we got to be superheroes and we were helping people.

As you can probably guess, I have never been the most “popular” girl in school.

In fact, I was bullied quite a bit throughout grade school and middle school.

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Families

‘I Can Be the Voice for My Son’: Father Shaves his Head for the Seventh Time in Honor of his Son

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 7, 2017

For Eric Haddad, head shaving isn’t just a one-time deal, because as the dad of a kid who fought brain cancer, he knows firsthand that the effects can last a lifetime. This month, at the Rocky River event in Ohio, Eric will be shaving his head for the seventh time, while raising funds for research that he hopes will lead to better, safer treatments for kids with cancer.

Eric shaves for his son

During a past event, Eric shaves for his son, Shane.

When Shane Haddad was 4 years old, he started fighting childhood cancer. Seven years later, he hasn’t stopped fighting.

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Research

An Injection of Hope: Researcher Studies Innovative Potential Therapy for DIPG

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 6, 2017

For kids diagnosed with a rare and fatal type of brain tumor called DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, there is no cure and treatments are heartbreakingly scarce. St. Baldrick’s researcher Dr. Mark Souweidane is on a mission to change the bleak statistics on DIPG survival. Learn about his groundbreaking work so far and what’s coming next.

Dr. Mark Souweidane

DIPG life expectancy is devastatingly short — with many kids dying within two years of diagnosis. Dr. Mark Souweidane wants to change that.

For kids with DIPG, treatment with radiation just lets them live a little while longer. Traditional chemo doesn’t work because of the blood-brain barrier. Tumor removal with surgery is out of the question, because the cancer is intertwined with the delicate tissues of the brainstem, which regulates breathing and other vital functions.

So, what does a doctor working on DIPG do to help these kids?

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Events and Fundraisers

Donate Your Hair in 5 Easy Steps

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 3, 2017

Thinking about donating your hair? We can help!

Woman holding a ponytail of hair at a St. Baldrick's event

We know a thing or two about hair.

At St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events, shavees℠ raise money for childhood cancer research by pledging to shave their heads in support of cancer patients, who often lose their hair during treatment.

Find out how you can help fund lifesaving childhood cancer research now >

We don’t collect hair donations, but volunteers are welcome to shave their heads at St. Baldrick’s events and donate their hair to another organization. It’s a great way to help two charities at once, and you can do it all in five easy steps!

Not ready to rock a bald head? You can still donate your hair AND help find cures for kids with cancer with a Do What You Want fundraiser.

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Head-Shaving

Tom & Keira: Fighting Fires and Childhood Cancer Together

by Lauren Feller, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 2, 2017

When Tom agreed to shave his head for the first time, he was simply doing it to help fund childhood cancer research. Then, Tom met Honored Kid Keira, and his decision to shave for St. Baldrick’s took on a whole new meaning.

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Honored Kid and Honorary Firefighter Keira poses with her custom-made helmet at the O’Fallon fire station.

Tom is a local firefighter in O’Fallon, Missouri. Keira is an 11-year-old girl currently undergoing treatment for a type of childhood cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.

And the two of them are the best of friends.

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Kathleen’s Desk

Get to Know Our CEO

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 1, 2017

A foundation unlike any other needs a one-of-a-kind leader — and Kathleen Ruddy, the CEO of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, certainly fits that bill. But you don’t have to take our word for it — read on to get to know our CEO!

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Kathleen has been with St. Baldrick’s since the foundation wasn’t much more than a new kind of event to raise money for childhood cancer research. Needless to say, it’s come a long way – and so has Kathleen.

We think it’s time you all got to know our fearless leader a little bit better, so we asked her a few questions about how she got started, her goals for St. Baldrick’s, and her hopes for the future.

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Families

‘Adapt and Overcome’: Maddox in Maintenance

by Geri Shepard
February 27, 2017

You might know Honored Kid Maddox — or Maddy, as his mom calls him — as the 10-year-old cancer survivor spouting off words like “dexamethasone” in our latest campaign videos. Maddox’s childhood changed drastically after he was diagnosed with leukemia eight years ago. Now, he’s doing everything he can to take his childhood back from cancer — but, as his mom Geri explains, life in remission hasn’t been easy.

Maddox and his family

Maddox’s mom Geri, little sister Danika, and dad Brad pose for a photo with Maddox during a St. Baldrick’s event.

In 2010, after months and months of intense chemotherapy, Maddox was in remission.

He had one last phase of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and it was meant to keep him there.

Maintenance phase.

It was a gigantic step for us towards some sense of normalcy.

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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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