Advocacy

St. Baldrick’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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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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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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St. Baldrick’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.

Wendy shaves

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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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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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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A Balancing Act: An Update on Kate Foster

by Kate Foster
August 23, 2016

Two years ago we brought you the incredible story of Kate Foster, who was just getting back to the gym after surviving childhood cancer. Now she’s 17 and still competing in gymnastics — all while keeping up top grades, applying to colleges, and advocating for kids with cancer. Read Kate’s story in her own words below.

Kate Foster Beam

When I was 8 years old I started competitive gymnastics and it quickly became my life.

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A Big STAR Act Update, and a Big Deadline

by Kevin Mathis, Sr. Legislative Counsel, St. Baldrick’s Foundation
August 18, 2016

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever is making its way through the Congress. But the window of opportunity is closing and we need your help now more than ever. Read on to see how you can help us make history in Washington for kids with cancer.

STAR Act update

This week, we hit a massive target in our push to pass the Childhood Cancer STAR ActIn the House, the 250th member of Congress just signed on to the bill!

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‘Never Stop Fighting’: Why I Support the STAR Act

by Pete Bush
July 25, 2016

Thirteen-year-old Sydney spent much of her early childhood battling a brain tumor. This year, the nine-year childhood cancer survivor took a special trip with her dad, Pete, to Washington, D.C. “This experience taught us how important it is to never stop fighting for something you believe in,” Pete writes. He tells Sydney’s story and shares why the trip was so meaningful to them.

Pete Bush and Sydney at Action Days

Pete and Sydney outside of Senator Marco Rubio’s office during this year’s Childhood Cancer Action Days in Washington, D.C.

Whiplash. Pulled muscle. Bronchitis. Flu. Virus. Stomach bug. For months, it was a different diagnosis at every doctor’s visit.

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St. Baldrick’s Joins Cancer Moonshot Summit in D.C.

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 29, 2016

Today, we’re joining Vice President Joe Biden and 300 cancer experts in Washington for the Cancer Moonshot Summit, the next step forward in a $1 billion national effort to accelerate cancer research. See how we’re making sure kids with cancer are part of the conversation.

Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C.

When President Obama announced a “moonshot” to cure cancer at the beginning of the year, we were proud to stand behind this national effort to conquer cancer once and for all.

Today, we’re making sure kids with cancer are a part of that effort.

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