Research

The Global Problem of Childhood Cancer and St. Baldrick’s International Impact

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 15, 2017

Kids fight cancer all over the world — but they don’t all have the same chance for a cure. This International Childhood Cancer Day, learn more about the global problem of childhood cancer and what St. Baldrick’s is doing about it, as explained by St. Baldrick’s researcher and Scientific Advisory Committee member Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo.

International Childhood Cancer Day 2017

A child is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, in New York. Another child is fighting ALL in Guatemala City. And another in rural Uganda.

All of those kids should have the chance to live long and healthy lives and have access to the best treatments possible. But the reality is more complicated.

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News

Help Cure Kids With Cancer on World Cancer Day

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 3, 2017

This World Cancer Day, more than 800 kids will be diagnosed with cancer. But YOU can help. Here’s how.

Help kids with cancer on World Cancer Day

When kids get cancer, a piece of their childhood is taken away. And even if they survive, their lives will never be the same.

But you can do something about it.

This World Cancer Day, let’s take childhood back from cancer.

Here are four easy ways you can help:

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News

Let’s Take Childhood Back From Cancer: Our Latest Campaign

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 1, 2017
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Neuroblastoma. Immunotherapy. Malignant.

These are words no child should know.

Unfortunately, kids with cancer know them all too well.

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St. Baldrick’s 2017 Event Registration Is Open [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 12, 2017

That’s right — it’s time to take the plunge and register for a St. Baldrick’s event!

Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer.

YOU can make a difference for these kids.

Be a part of the world’s largest volunteer-powered charity for childhood cancer research. Get involved with a St. Baldrick’s event today!

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Research

A Hard Pill to Swallow: Why Some Kids With ALL Relapse

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 11, 2017

Taking chemo meds every single day can be tough for a kid with cancer. They might forget or just not want to take them. Unfortunately, Dr. Smita Bhatia found that not swallowing that little pill can have big consequences. Read on to learn more about this problem, its effects, and how funding from St. Baldrick’s is helping.

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Dr. Smita Bhatia is a pediatric oncologist who wants to keep her patients healthy by helping them stick to their chemo regimen.

For kids with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), having to take their chemo meds is as routine as their nightly bedtime story. That’s because for the last two years of their treatment, which is called maintenance, these children need to take their medication every single night.

But that doesn’t always happen.

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Research

Meet Dr. Elliot Stieglitz

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 23, 2016

St. Baldrick’s Fellow Dr. Elliot Stieglitz is a big reader, but not in the way that you might think. Over three years, he read the DNA of one hundred children with JMML, a rare leukemia, and he discovered something major. Read on to learn how his discovery could lead to better treatments for kids with this rare disease.

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For St. Baldrick’s Fellow Dr. Elliot Stieglitz, being a pediatric oncologist is the perfect blend of emotional satisfaction and intellectual stimulation.

His heart is with the kids and their families, guiding them through the toughest time in their lives. His head is in the lab, trying to find better treatments for childhood cancer.

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Research

Destroying the Defenses: Researchers Fight Brain Tumors With Immunotherapy

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 15, 2016

St. Baldrick’s Scholars Dr. Alex Huang and Dr. Agne Petrosiute are studying how switching off a protein could lead to new treatments and cures for kids with brain tumors. Read on for more about their unexpected discovery, its implications for immunotherapy, and why Dr. Huang compares himself to those fuzzy little bears in Star Wars.

Dr. Alex Huang and Dr. Agne Petrosiute

Dr. Agne Petrosiute (left) and Dr. Alex Huang study how the immune system can be harnessed to fight pediatric brain cancer.

Dr. Alex Huang likens himself and his colleague, Dr. Agne Petrosiute, to Ewoks battling the Death Star.

“We are the Ewoks that found the controller on this planet, and all of a sudden the Death Star cannot put up the shield anymore,” he said. “And so now, Luke Skywalker can go in there and blow it up.”

It may seem like a curious explanation, but it fits.

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Kids with Cancer

A Childhood Saved by Research: Will’s Story [VIDEO]

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 13, 2016

When Honored Kid Will was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with cancer. Now, the third grader with the dimpled smile and bright eyes is healthy, thanks to a clinical trial made possible by St. Baldrick’s funding. Read on for Will’s story of survival.

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NEW VIDEO: Will’s Story >

On the surface, Will looks like any other 8-year-old boy. He loves playing soccer, camping with his family, and playing with their dog, Jack. The third grader is a big fan of superheroes and is also quite the successful fisherman.

You’d never guess that most of his young life has been spent fighting cancer.

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News

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

by Lauren Feller, St. Baldrick's Foundation
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

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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
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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 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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