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Summer Fundraiser Ideas: 9 Ways To Make A Difference For Kids With Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 3, 2019

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 get the kids involved, make this summer count by raising money to fund research that helps kids with cancer. Here are nine ideas to get you started.

1. Sports Challenge: Take advantage of the summer weather and organize an outdoor tournament with a suggested donation for entering. Take it to the sand for a game of beach volleyball or the park for some of our Summertime favorites like soccer, football, even frisbee golf.

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What Happens When “Do What You Want” Becomes “Ladies’ Night” for 800 Women?

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 28, 2019

It started as a lot of St. Baldrick’s Foundation events do: a few people getting together at the local spot to shave heads and help raise money for pediatric cancer research. After seeing volunteers participate, Terry Binkely-Paterno wanted to get involved in a different way.

And for very good reason, as her nephew, Aiden, had been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in July of 2008. Wanting to take action, Terry and her mothers’ group – the Wednesday Mothers Club – decided to host a bake sale and contribute the proceeds.

Terry appears next to other women participating in the Ladies' Night event.
Terry (third from left) and other Ladies’ Night committee members.

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Get Creative with a “Do What You Want” Fundraiser

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 26, 2019

Head-shaving events have been a core part of the St. Baldrick’s fundraising experience for nearly two decades. Today, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $258 million in grants for childhood cancer research, with much of that money raised through head-shaving events. The research and clinical trials funded by these events have saved kids’ lives.

But we need more money to fund research to save lives. Cancer continues to rob kids of their childhoods and, in too many cases, their lives. We simply cannot accept that, worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes and that, in the U.S., one in five of those kids won’t survive.

Whether you’re new to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation or a seasoned fundraising pro, we know that our signature head-shaving events might not be for everyone. Did you know there’s another way to join us in the fight against childhood cancer, that doesn’t require you shave your head?

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10 Ways You Can Help Kids With Cancer in October

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 4, 2018

Happy October! Fall is here, harvest season is upon us and Halloween is creeping around the corner. It’s the perfect time to help kids with cancer. Check out these 10 creative ways to fund childhood cancer research while the leaves are falling.

October Fundraiser

Who loved fall? 2014 Ambassador Alan, that’s who! His favorite holiday was Halloween, because he liked walking around his neighborhood and trick-or-treating. What can you do to help kids with cancer during Alan’s favorite time of year? Read on to find out!

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8 Ways to Help Kids with Cancer in February

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 1, 2018

February is a month that celebrates love — love between people, love of the game and love of celebration! This February, what could be better than sharing the love by fundraising for childhood cancer research? Check out these 8 fundraising tips to get started…

Superman Sam holds a sign with a heart on it

2015 Ambassador Sam holds a special valentine.

1. Touchdown for Kids With Cancer 

Watching the big game? Turn it into a fundraiser! Bring out your donation jar and every time there’s a touchdown, field goal, or safety during the Super Bowl, ask friends to contribute.

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5 Ways to Help Kids With Cancer in January

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 5, 2018

It’s January and that means the start of a new year! Need some help beginning with a bang? We’ve got you covered! Here are 5 tips to make 2018 the best year yet, because we think a great year starts with taking childhood back from cancer …

St. Baldrick's Ambassadors say Happy New Year

St. Baldrick’s 2018 Ambassadors (from left to right) Julia, Kellan and Zach wish you a Happy New Year!

1. New Year, New You!

Challenge others to give up an indulgence for the month – then ask them to donate what they would have spent instead. They can abstain from drinking their favorite beverage or eating out and give what they save.

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9 Ways You Can Help Kids With Cancer in December

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 1, 2017

Ah, the holiday season. We know fundraising might not be at the front of your mind during the busy holiday season, but you can easily raise money for kids’ cancer research with fun holiday activities that are sure to get you into a festive mood. Check out these 9 ideas below.

Ambassador Alan gets a kiss from Santa

2014 Ambassador Alan gets a kiss from Santa Claus during a special photo shoot, a month before he passed away. The 5-year-old fought childhood cancer for most of his life after being diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in his hip.

1) Ditch the gift exchange!

Turn your company holiday party into a fundraiser. Instead of buying gifts, ask co-workers to “fill the stocking” with donations, pay for entry into the “Ugly Sweater” contest or create your own fun activity. Then see if your company will match your contributions!

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7 Ways You Can Help Kids with Cancer in November

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 1, 2017

Phineas says, 'Thank you' and Happy Thanksgiving
It’s November, and soon we’ll be gathering with family and friends for another Thanksgiving feast. When you’re counting your blessings this year, why not add “lifesaving pediatric cancer research” to the top of your list?

Here are 7 creative fundraising ideas you can use to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer:

1) Give the Gift of Hope as a Holiday Gift: Instead of holiday gifts to your friends, family, coworkers, or clients, consider making a contribution to St. Baldrick’s on their behalf. After the donation is made, you can send a holiday card to deliver the hope-filled news that you’ve made a gift in their honor to fund lifesaving childhood cancer research.

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5 Ways Your Business Can Conquer Kids’ Cancer in September

by Robyn Raphael, Director of Corporate Relations
September 1, 2017

Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. That means 25,000 kids around the world will hear the words “you have cancer” this month alone.

Top fundraiser Corey Hutchinson gets a little taken off the top during a head-shaving event at this year’s Tech Tackles Cancer fundraiser in Palo Alto, California.

But there’s hope. Did you know that the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants in the world?

And this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are inviting you to join us. Your corporation can help fund life-saving research, wherever it takes place, so kids can lead long and healthy lives.

Here are 5 easy ways your business can take childhood back from cancer.

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Rolling out the Red Carpet for Kids With Cancer [PHOTO ESSAY]

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 29, 2017

On Saturday night, something magical happened. About 200 people gathered on the CBS backlot in Studio City, California to take childhood back from cancer and to honor a very special boy. Read on for more about this unique Do What You Want fundraiser, its 10-year-old VIP and the surprise that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.

Zein and Hazel's families pose together

Zein and Hazel’s families pose together at the St. Baldrick’s Ever After Ball. Lauren (on top, third from left), Hazel’s mom, organized the event.

It all started with a red carpet.

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