Connecting your efforts with an Honored Kid gives you fundraising superpowers! Find out more — and how to add an Honored Kid to your fundraising page — from Kelly Forebaugh, mom to Honored Kid Jackson and the Director of Hero Funds and Memorials at St. Baldrick’s … (Not a St. Baldrick’s participant? Get involved!)
Honored Kid Jackson in 2006, checking out some heads that were shaved in his honor.
My journey with St. Baldrick’s started 11 years ago. My then 22-month-old son, Jackson, had just completed treatment for pediatric cancer, and we celebrated this momentous milestone by attending our first St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event.
Our family fell in love with St. Baldrick’s that year. We were struck by the simplicity of the fundraising model, the fun, and most importantly, how empowered we felt.
Over the years, our commitment to St. Baldrick’s grew as we attended more events, volunteered, shaved, shared Jackson’s story, and experienced success with our fundraising efforts.
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.
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!
You’ve shaved every year for the past few years and have the nagging feeling that your fundraising is getting stale. Your bald head just isn’t bringing in the dollars that it used to. What can you do?
Meet Eugene, team captain of number two-ranked team, Savage Cuts Consulting, at the successful Hanna’s Heroes St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event in the Cayman Islands. He has 3 tips to energize your fundraising …
Longtime participant and recent team captain, Eugene, shaves during the 2017 Heroes for Hannah St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event in the Cayman Islands. Photograph by Deep Blue Images
1) ‘I Challenge You … ‘
Every day, millions of gamers pick up their controllers and log into their favorite virtual worlds. That environment may be virtual, but the feelings of progression and accomplishment are oh-so real. These feelings don’t have to end after turning off your favorite game! Read on for 3 ways you can be a real-life hero to kids with cancer while doing what you love to do…
St. Baldrick’s Honored Kid Scott is a big fan of both video games and supporting childhood cancer research!
Video games were created as worlds for us to explore, and you can use them to help create the world you want for everyone — like a world where kids don’t get sick with cancer.
The cape comes off, the broom comes out and there’s a chill around your dome that wasn’t there a few minutes ago. You’re bald … now what? Continue fundraising for kids’ cancer research, that’s what!
Photo by Casie Shimansky
Here are 5 easy ways you can work your bald head to raise funds for lifesaving children’s cancer research:
Facebook can be used for more than sharing cute animal videos. It’s a great tool to share your fundraising page, ask for donations, and recruit friends to join you!
Here are our five favorite tips for using Facebook to increase your fundraising:
Follow @StBaldricks on Twitter.Twitter is a great tool to connect with St. Baldrick’s shavees, volunteers, and share with your family and friends about your fundraising initiatives for childhood cancer research!
Here are our five favorite tips for using Twitter to increase your fundraising:
The first thing you should know about social media is that it’s your friend. And it’s soon to be your best friend because it will help you fundraise even more for your upcoming event!
Here are a few helpful tips and tricks you can use on Instagram to bring awareness to the next adventure in your life: being a St. Baldrick’s shavee!
1. Share your St. Baldrick’s images
This is a given when it comes to Instagram, but here are a few examples that may bring in some more donations.
Everyone loves a classic before and after picture, especially those who wanted to see you go bald but were unable to attend your event.
The big day is right around the corner and you’re wondering, how do I get more shavees℠ in the barber chair for my St. Baldrick’s event? Here are five nuggets of wisdom, straight from the people who do it best — your fellow VEOs.
Organizing a head-shaving event is a big job, as Volunteer Event Organizer (VEO) Robbie Tiffin knows. So he created a plan to help his event succeed — and it worked. Robbie shares his secrets for a extraordinary event below.
Robbie and his son, Micah, smile with full heads of hair just before their shave.
It was October 13, and our VEO had sent an email to our team sharing that he was unable to organize our next St. Baldrick’s event. That was the bad news.
The good news? I was ready to step in.
Our event had been pretty successful in the past, but I didn’t want it to be just another “rinse and repeat.” We owed it to the kids to make this event bigger and better than ever.
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