Family Boosts Kids’ Cancer Research in Honor of Daughter [VIDEO]

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 23, 2017

Ever since Joe and Erin Martorano’s daughter Sara was diagnosed with childhood cancer, St. Baldrick’s has been part of the family. From shaving to organizing events and starting a St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund, they’ve done it all. Read on to find out why.

the Martorano family

The Martorano family smiles together during Sara’s treatment for cancer. From left to right: Anna, Erin, Mary, Joe and Sara.

Joe Martorano first shaved his head with St. Baldrick’s in 2008, alongside his colleagues at the Chicago Police Department. He didn’t have a direct connection to childhood cancer at the time. Fundraising for kids’ cancer research just seemed like the right thing to do.

Later that year, that would all change.

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Surviving After Five Years: The Secret Truth of Long-Term Survivorship

by Alyson Weissman
August 21, 2017

Alyson Weissman is a dedicated St. Baldrick’s shavee℠, a member of the 46 Mommas and the founder of a St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund which raises crucial funds for lifesaving research. Why does she do so much? Because Alyson is also the parent of a cancer survivor. Read on for more about what being a survivor really means, how she conquers fear and why she works so hard to fund kids’ cancer research.

Jared holds his mom's hand as she shaves

Alyson shaves her head with St. Baldrick’s as her son holds her hand.

My son Jared was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2007. This year, in July, he will be a nine-year cancer survivor.

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Zach’s Hometown Raises $100k for Kids’ Cancer Research

by Avis Matsuda, St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 2, 2017

No one knows the importance of funding research better than the Swart family. Since receiving CAR T cell therapy and a bone marrow transplant, Honored Kid Zach Swart is getting healthier by the day. And it’s all thanks to research supported by St. Baldrick’s. Read on to find out how the Swart family — and their whole community — is giving back to research in a big way.

Shavees at the Saugerties, N.Y., event

The family of event organizer Gloria Darmanin line up to go under the clippers at the Saugerties, N.Y. event, which honored Zach and other local kids with cancer. Photo by Veronica Chewens

Zach had his 16th birthday last week. Despite not feeling well due to difficulty withdrawing from his pain medication, it was still cause for celebration.

His mom, Nancy, says there’s much to be thankful for.

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Going Bald and Getting Inked: Family Goes All in for Their Little Girl

by Avis Matsuda, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 27, 2017

When people say good things come in small packages, they must be talking about Honored Kid Gabriella. Read on to find out more about this pint-sized inspiration and how her family is showing their love not only for her, but also for other kids with cancer.

Gabriella with her sisters and mom

Gabriella with her sisters and mom, Jennifer. From left to right:  Sophia, Adriana, Gabriella, Jennifer, and Sabella.

There’s something very special about Gabriella. Behind her contagious laugh and love for cracking jokes is deep compassion for others far beyond her seven years. This gift gives Gabriella the ability to inspire and touch the hearts of all who know her.

But it wasn’t always that way.

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From the Balance Beam to the Barber’s Chair: Juliana’s Story

by Juliana Abraham
July 6, 2017

Whether on the mat or under the clippers, Honored Kid Juliana lives with passion — and a brain tumor will never take that away from her. Learn more about Juliana, her diagnosis and its impact, and why she shaved her head for kids like her.

Juliana doing gymnastics

Juliana competes at a gymnastics championship before her diagnosis.

Growing up, I was active and always full of energy. To fuel my need for excitement, my parents enrolled me in gymnastics. I soon discovered that gymnastics was my calling. After winning many state titles and high-level regional and national titles, I was on my way to becoming a USA Gymnastics Elite gymnast.

In May of 2015, I started having difficulties with my vision and balance.

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And the St. Baldrick’s 2017 #BestBaldDad Is…

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 18, 2017

We’ve already shaved over 39,000 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 Love Your Melon!

Introducing your 2017 #BestBaldDads:

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Shaving Our Way to $1 Million: A Sport Clips Partnership Update

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

In January 2016, we announced the start of an unprecedented partnership between St. Baldrick’s and Sport Clips Haircuts, which generously committed to donating more than $1 million over the next three years. Just a year and a half into our partnership, Sport Clips is taking childhood back from cancer in a big way.

Barber smiles while shaving a head

A Sport Clips barber smiles while shaving a participant’s head during the Sport Clips partnership kick-off head-shaving event in Texas.

The people of Sport Clips are more than the talented hands behind the buzz, more than the conductors of the clippers, more than St. Baldrick’s beloved barbers — they are our partners in conquering childhood cancers.

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Father’s Day Contest: Show Us Your #BestBaldDad

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 6, 2017

We love dads. Especially dads who shave their heads to help take childhood back from cancer!

BestBaldDad photo contest 2017

Father’s Day is around the corner, and we want to give some extra love to all the awesome dads who’ve given up their hair to raise money for kids’ cancer research.

Today until June 11, show us your #BestBaldDad photos for a chance to win some St. Baldrick’s swag and a beanie from Love Your Melon!

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A Kid on a Mission: Bodie’s Story

by Avis Matsuda, St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 1, 2017

Meet 12-year-old Bodie Centore. He’s a six-time shavee, a team captain and a fundraising extraordinaire. He’s even written and performed an original rap (check out the video!) to help raise funds for children’s cancer research. Blown away by Bodie? So are we! Read on for more about this amazing kid, his creative fundraising and why he shaves.

Bodie after his 2017 St. Baldrick's shave

Bodie rocks the bald after this year’s St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event.

For Bodie Centore, the decision was easy. He saw his cousin, Ian, do it and knew right away that he wanted to shave his head for kids with cancer.

That was in 2012, when Bodie was only 7 years old.

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Events and Fundraisers

Team Abby in Africa: One Man’s Shave Across the World

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 26, 2017

If you’re committed to raising funds for childhood cancer research and supporting a kid, then you can make a head-shave happen anywhere — even another continent.  Just ask Dr. John York, a virtual shavee and long-distance member of Team Abby!

Dr. John York with his fellow shavees in front of the Djibouti sign

Dr. John York with his fellow shavees in front of their base in Djibouti, Africa. From left to right: Dr. York, Captain James Black and Lieutenant Commander Christian Minshall.

When it came time to shave his head in honor of his friend Ambassador Abby and her family, Dr. John York didn’t give it a second thought — even though he was thousands of miles away.

In fact, on April 29, he was at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa, nearly 8,000 miles from the head-shaving event  in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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