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VIP of the Ball Fights Cancer With a Smile and Two Thumbs Up

by Avis Matsuda, St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 25, 2017

Meet Zein, a goofy, laid back kid with a sunny attitude. Despite his ongoing battle with neuroblastoma, he’ll be VIP at the St. Baldrick’s Ever After Ball fundraiser this weekend. But honestly, he’s a VIP in our hearts all the time. Read on to learn why…

Zein goofs around at the hospital

Zein goofs around at the hospital during treatment for neuroblastoma.

When Honored Kid Zein grows up, he wants to invent a food that heals cancer and allows kids to get better without getting sick from chemo or having to swallow pills.

This very cool idea is brought to you by a 10-year-old boy that his mom, Radwa, called “the most chill kid” you’ll ever meet. Zein is “silly, humble, super kind and loves to be there for everybody else,” she added.

Even before the cancer.

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Honoring Holden With a St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser on Four Wheels

by Miriam Gilkinson
July 24, 2017

Miriam’s son Holden was diagnosed with Stage IV Wilms tumor in 2010. Now, three years after his death, Miriam thinks of her son whenever she hops into her car. Why? Read on to find out how Miriam has turned something we see every day into a memorial for her son and a unique fundraiser for childhood cancer research.

Holden

In October 2010, St. Baldrick’s 2016 Ambassador Holden was diagnosed with Wilms tumor. He lost his left kidney and endured intense chemo and radiation treatment. Holden showed no evidence of disease for about a year, but then a tumor was found on his other kidney. Before he could receive a kidney transplant, cancer was found in his lung.

In 2012, we celebrated a year of remission for our son Holden with our first head-shaving fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Several months after that event, Holden was back in treatment for the same cancer on his other kidney. When cancer stole him from us in May 2014, we decided that a Hero Fund with St. Baldrick’s was the best way to honor Holden’s memory and work to fund research. We have organized head-shaving events and Do What You Want fundraisers since then, and we are always looking to do more.

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A Home Run for Kids’ Cancer Research: Adam’s MLB Road Trip

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 22, 2017

What goes together like hot summer days and peanuts? Like the smell of freshly cut grass and the crack of a bat? Like catchy jingles and the 7th inning stretch? Baseball and St. Baldrick’s, of course! Meet Adam, the 12-year-old baseball fan behind a unique fundraiser for kids’ cancer research.

Adam watching a Yankees game

Adam watches his favorite team, the New York Yankees, play at Yankee Stadium.

For as long as he can remember, Adam has loved baseball. He started playing tee-ball as a tyke and now plays third base, which is the perfect fit for his lightning reflexes and strong throwing arm.

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Dedicate Your Birthday for Kids With Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 7, 2017

Why have another ho-hum birthday?

Give up your birthday and change the world for kids with cancer
This year, make your birthday memorable and help more kids with cancer celebrate their birthdays.

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Blackhawk Network Pays It Forward by Fundraising for Children’s Cancer Research

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 19, 2017

What employees would donate their vacation hours to find cures for kids’ cancers? What about shave their heads? Or throw a big party to rake in funding for research? Blackhawk Network employees, that’s who! Read on for more about the company, its commitment to St. Baldrick’s and how they give back in creative ways.

Blackhawk employees

Blackhawk employees shave their heads at the Benioff Children’s Hospital event. Photos by Terry Vanderheiden

Blackhawk Network is well known for being the company behind the gift cards we see at the grocery store and the ones we get on our birthdays. But Blackhawk is about more than just helping people both gift and pay easily — the company is also about paying it forward, especially when it comes to kids’ cancer research.

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St. Baldrick’s Celebrates Our Heroes: Happy National Volunteer Week 2017

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 24, 2017

It’s National Volunteer Week and at St. Baldrick’s we have a lot of reasons to celebrate — like nearly 45,000 reasons! (Yep, that’s how many people volunteered for St. Baldrick’s this year and we love them ALL!) From team captains to barbers to shavees to VEOs and beyond— St. Baldrick’s is volunteer-powered and proud. Why do our incredible volunteers do what they do? Find out from three of our heroes!

Volunteer Week 2017

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5 Ways You Can Fundraise For Kids With Cancer This Spring

by Kristine Malicse, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 20, 2017

Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming, and the snow is melting. Whether you’re enjoying a week of freedom or looking to spend quality time with your friends and family, spring into the new season by helping fund childhood cancer research. Here are 5 ways to get you started.

1. DIY Music Festival. Spring is the unofficial start of festival season — so why not create your very own music festival with close friends and dance the day away?

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Should I Shave My Head? [QUIZ]

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 16, 2017

To shave your head or not to shave, that is your question. Well, we’re here to help! Dive into our handy dandy flowchart to get the answers you seek — and help kids with cancer at the same time.

Should I Shave My Head

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Connect Your Fundraiser to a Head-Shaving Event

by Lauren Feller, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 6, 2017

Did you know you can support a head-shaving event or team without actually shaving your head? It’s easy with these quick steps.

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We know head-shaving isn’t for everyone — but supporting kids with cancer is!

You can raise money for research however you want with a Do What You Want fundraiser, and then join forces with a St. Baldrick’s team or event to meet your fundraising goals even faster.

BLOG: 10 Ways You Can Help Kids With Cancer in February >

The best part? All of that money goes towards the same lifesaving childhood cancer research. So why not support a great event at the same time?

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What Do YOU Want To Do? 16 Ideas to Get You Started

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 27, 2017

What can you do to raise money for childhood cancer research? The answer is, just about anything you can think of! Here are 16 awesome fundraising ideas to get the ball rolling.

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Doing It Already?

Planning to run a 5K? Having a party? Why not make it count by turning it into a fundraiser for kids fighting cancer? Here are a few ideas that might already be on your calendar:

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