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Summer Fundraiser Ideas: 6 Ways You Can Help Kids With Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 7, 2016

School is out, pools are open, and grills are fired up. Whether you want to make the most of the warm weather or you’re just looking for a way to keep the kids busy, make this summer count by doing something to help kids with cancer. Here are six ideas to get you started.

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A ‘Bald’ Mitzvah to Remember

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 11, 2016

Nathan Z. has shaved his head at St. Baldrick’s events every year since he was in second grade. But this year, he did something different. Read how Nathan is making a difference for kids with cancer without going bald.

Nathan with his second grade teacher, Mrs. Kinsley

Nathan smiles with his second grade teacher, Mrs. Kinsley, and her daughter, Fallon.

When you’ve been shaving your head for kids with cancer for the past seven years, it can feel a bit weird to take a year off.

Thirteen-year-old Nathan Z. knows the feeling.

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Teacher Shavee Teams With Students to Fund Childhood Cancer Research

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 29, 2016

It started as a simple class project at Ocean Breeze Elementary School. Now it’s become something much more noble. See what happens when young students get together to make a difference for kids with cancer.

three students create fundraising poster

Students practice their marketing skills by making posters for their business.

Holly Mentillo, a school teacher in Satellite Beach, Florida, came up with a class project to teach her students how a business works.

But this project has turned into something much greater: a mission to fund childhood cancer research.

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Chase’s Dad Pounds the Pavement for a Cure

by Ellie Ewoldt
November 23, 2015

Earlier this month, Ambassador Chase’s dad, Bob, ran a marathon to raise money for childhood cancer research. He also raised awareness in a big way — read all about it in Chase’s mom’s account of the day.

Chase sitting on his dad's shoulders

Chase, now 5, was diagnosed with atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor in August 2012.

Five hours and 31 minutes.

For five hours and 31 minutes he pounded the pavement, putting his feet to his purpose. And for all those hours and all those miles, past crowds, houses and fields in the November sun, he ran holding a sign in the air — “Chase Away Cancer.”

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‘Racing for a Reason’: Alex’s Ironman Triathlon for Caroline Richards

by Alex Penny
November 2, 2015

Alex Penny is a physical therapist who recently completed a grueling Ironman triathlon. His inspiration? A former patient, Ambassador Caroline. “She gave me the courage to fight through every cramp and all the nausea and exhaustion of training this past year,” Alex writes. Read on to see how Ambassador Caroline pushed Alex to keep going — and to raise over $4,000 for childhood cancer research along the way.

Caroline sits and smiles her infectious smile

Caroline was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in January 2014 and spent much of that year in the hospital in Houston.

This past Labor Day wasn’t about long weekends, trips to the lake or backyard BBQs. I was riding my bike 100 miles on Saturday, running 18 miles on Sunday and swimming 2 miles on Monday. A typical training weekend for me, over the last year anyway.

I am a physical therapist at a major cancer hospital in Texas. I specialize in the rehabilitation of pediatric bone tumor patients, most often following major orthopedic reconstructive surgeries. This is how I met Caroline Richards and her family.

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Totally Tubular: Retro Prom Raises Funds for Childhood Cancer Research

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 19, 2015

What’s better than one party for good? How about two! That was the thinking behind a righteous pre-event fundraiser for the 2016 Fado head-shaving event in Denver, Colorado — the 1980s Retro Prom. Radical, dude.

Collage of people in costume at the 80s retro prom

Attendees came to the 1980s Retro Prom in Denver, Colorado dressed to impress.

On September 19, Casselman’s Bar may have been all business in front, but it was a rocking party in back — and all to benefit childhood cancer research.

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3,069 Miles for Research: Couple Bikes From Coast to Coast in Memory of Their Daughter

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 13, 2015

Nearly one year ago, Kim and Jon Smith peddled from San Diego to Florida in memory of their daughter, Tyler, who passed from germ cell cancer at 15 years old. The couple experienced searing temperatures and soaking rain on their 3,069-mile, two-month-long fundraising journey dubbed Team Tyler Rides. But most of all, Kim and Jon encountered their daughter’s beautiful and generous spirit along the way.

Kim and Jon lift their bikes on their shoulders at the Pacific Ocean at the start of their ride

Kim and Jon start their cross-country ride at the Pacific Ocean in San Diego.

When Jon and Kim needed a boost, there were the energy bars and electrolyte replacing beverages, but the real fuel couldn’t be torn from a wrapper or gulped from a bottle.

When the miles got tough, it was the dragonflies and the generosity of strangers that kept the couple pedaling.

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Put Your Hands Together For the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 25, 2015

All of us here at St. Baldrick’s are giving you a standing ovation, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, for so many years of making beautiful music with us in support of kids with cancer.

Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra in action

The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra has been a long-time support of St. Baldrick’s.

As long-time St. Baldrick’s supporters, the orchestra has raised almost $10,000 for childhood cancer research.

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How I Celebrate My Son on Two Wheels

by Susan Heard
May 14, 2015

Every year in honor of her son David’s birthday, Susan rides the 40-mile New York City Five Boro Bike Tour. This year, with their feet on the pedals, the wind at their backs (and sometimes their fronts), and 32,000 people riding alongside them, Susan and her friends raised over $4,000 for the David’s Warriors Hero Fund. Susan explains what the ride means to her.

Susan and her cycling friends in front of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge during the Five Boro Bike Tour.

Susan and her cycling friends in front of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

In 2009 as our son, David, was battling neuroblastoma, one of his incredible Cub Scout leaders rode the New York City Five Boro Bike Tour in David’s honor. It’s a 40-mile ride touching each borough in the city, complete with amazing street music, skyline views that take your breath away, and an opportunity to feel the beat of the city in a way that is just spectacular.

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Going the Distance: Cancer Survivor Hikes From Mexico to Canada for Kids’ Cancer Research

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 29, 2015

The Pacific Crest Trail runs from the California-Mexico border all the way to Canada, and cancer survivor Greg Sagan wants to hike all of it for kids with cancer. Last week he started his five-month, 2,663-mile trek and one of the most epic St. Baldrick’s fundraisers we’ve ever seen.

Greg Sagan and his friend and hiking partner Zac Barbiasz at the start of the PCT.

Greg Sagan, on right, and his friend and hiking partner, Zac Barbiasz, on the U.S.-Mexico border at the start of the PCT.

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