Why We Shave: One Family’s Commitment to Find a Cure [PHOTO ESSAY]

by Lauren Feller
January 13, 2017

St. Baldrick’s shavees are all motivated by different things — a family member or friend, a close connection to the cause, or just the desire to help kids with cancer. So what inspires an entire family to shave year after year? Read more to find out!

kyle and his sons at a head shaving event

Kyle and his sons Jack and Benton at a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event.

Kyle Christensen is no stranger to head-shaving.

In fact, he’s been a shavee at St. Baldrick’s events for 10 years. Now, his passion for the cause has evolved into a family tradition, as each of his kids have braved the shave to raise money for childhood cancer.

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St. Baldrick’s 2017 Event Registration Is Open [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 12, 2017

That’s right — it’s time to take the plunge and register for a St. Baldrick’s event!

Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer.

YOU can make a difference for these kids.

Be a part of the world’s largest volunteer-powered charity for childhood cancer research. Get involved with a St. Baldrick’s event today!

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Meet Your 2016 Battle of the Bald Champion

by Lauren Feller
December 15, 2016

37 events, thousands of participants, and over $235,000 raised for childhood cancer research — it’s safe to say the ultimate college head-shaving showdown had a successful second season. But who came out on top in this year’s Battle of the Bald? The results are in — read more to find out!

2016 Battle of the Bald event at UCSC

All images courtesy of Laurie Aiello

With her son Grant in her lap, her father getting shaved in the seat next to her, and her daughter helping guide the razor, Katrina Learned’s head-shave became more than a fundraiser — it was a moving family moment.

Katrina was the top fundraiser at the event, raising just over $14,000 for childhood cancer research and helping propel the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute event to the top of the charts for the second annual Battle of the Bald.

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‘So There Will Be a Cure’: One Brave 9-Year-Old Shaves for Kids With Cancer

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 10, 2016

April Wall is a mover and a shaker. When she’s determined to do something, she goes for it with all her heart — and this 9-year-old with cerebral palsy has a really big heart. Read on for more about April and why she went bald to combat childhood cancer.

April goes bald for childhood cancer

April Wall has been a determined fighter since the day she came into the world. Born three months early and diagnosed with cerebral palsy, she’s fought to move, to play, and to live like any other kid ever since.

So when the 9-year-old read a book about childhood cancer that touched her heart, she knew what she had to do. She had to fight for kids with cancer too.

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Register Your St. Baldrick’s Event for 2017

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 30, 2016

Have you heard? It’s time to register your St. Baldrick’s event for 2017!

Girl head-shave

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Three Years of Surprises: Aiden’s Story

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 1, 2016

Before Honored Kid Aiden was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in October 2015, there seemed to be more questions than answers. But just recently, he completed his chemotherapy treatment and is loving life as a 3-year-old kid. Read on to hear about Aiden’s remarkable childhood cancer journey.

Aiden drinking milk out of straw glasses

Aiden slurping his milk from his silly straw glasses.

Aiden’s parents shouldn’t have been able to have kids.

After trying for so many years to have children — and losing some along the way — they knew something was wrong.

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How to Care for a Shaved Head: 6 Tips from the Pros

by Emily Kilpatrick, St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 29, 2016

Taking care of a shaved head is easy with these six tips.


Every year, tens of thousands of men, women, and kids shave their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. They do it for one reason: to cure cancer. That’s right — in 2015, more than 50,000 people shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s, raising money for childhood cancer research. That’s a lot of bald heads!

Learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation >

Whether you’ve recently shaved or you’ve been sporting the no-hair look for years, do you know the best ways to care for your head? Neither did we, so we turned to the men and women who have helped more people go bald than anyone else we know: our St. Baldrick’s barbers.

Hair care professionals from across the U.S. answered our call for advice, and they gave us some great tips! Here’s what our barbers had to say:

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And the St. Baldrick’s 2016 #BestBaldDad Is…

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 19, 2016

We’ve already shaved over 45,000 heads this year to raise money for kids’ cancer research. That’s a lot of bald heads! So for Father’s Day, we wanted to do something special for all the extra-special dads who went bald in support of kids with cancer. Check out the results of our #BestBaldDad contest below.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation presents the #BestBaldDad contest

This year’s #BestBaldDad contest made for some tough decisions. How could you not vote for all of them?

After thousands of votes and countless requests to crown them all as the #BestBaldDad, we finally have our top three winners, each receiving a prize from our St. Baldrick’s shop and Headbands of Hope!

Introducing your 2016 #BestBaldDads:

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From Denial to Triumph: A Grandfather’s Journey With Childhood Cancer

by Gary Crays
June 17, 2016

When Gary Crays found out his grandson, Ezra, had childhood cancer, he was devastated. Read Gary’s account of what it was like to witness Ezra’s childhood cancer journey and how St. Baldrick’s gave him a way to fight back.

Gary holds Ezra in the park

Ezra was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) when he was 4 months old.

Denial. That’s what I felt when I first learned that my newborn grandson, Ezra, had abnormal blood counts.

His parents and his big brother were as healthy as could be, and his mother was careful to extremes during her pregnancy. I thought, “Whatever this is, it will quickly resolve itself.”

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My Cousin Has Cancer, But She Will Not Fight Alone

by Maddie Messner
June 9, 2016

For Maddie Messner, family comes first. So when she heard the news that her cousin, Allie, was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma, Maddie knew she had to do something to help. Read on to see how Maddie has decided to “rally for Allie,” and how Allie inspired her along the way.

Allie and Maddie

Cousins Allie (left) and Maddie share a very close friendship.

My cousins and sisters are my best friends.

The 11 of us call ourselves “the cousin clan.” Growing up, we did everything together: sleepovers, parties, road trips. I even shared a dorm room with my one of my cousins all through college.

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