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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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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…

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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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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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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.

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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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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…

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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.

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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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