Research

Working with Charity Partners to Accelerate Progress for Kids with Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 28, 2019

Most of you know St. Baldrick’s for our signature head shaving events, where a shavee raises money and shaves their head to stand in solidarity with kids battling cancer. While these are the most visible, public events, you may not know that we work with other charities and foundations to form partnerships, allowing for more grant funding every year. Currently, we’re working with 7 different charities, and we’ve together raised upwards of $2 million as a result of those partnerships.

One such foundation, the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, has worked to see research move to clinical trials.  You can learn more about one project we’ve worked together to fund at this video.

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Do What You Want

Summer Fundraiser Ideas: 9 Ways To Make A Difference For Kids With Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 3, 2019

School is out, pools are open, and grills are fired up. Whether you want to make the most of the warm weather or you’re just looking for a way to get the kids involved, make this summer count by raising money to fund research that helps kids with cancer. Here are nine ideas to get you started.

1. Sports Challenge: Take advantage of the summer weather and organize an outdoor tournament with a suggested donation for entering. Take it to the sand for a game of beach volleyball or the park for some of our Summertime favorites like soccer, football, even frisbee golf.

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Do What You Want

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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Events and Fundraisers

Donate Your Hair in 5 Easy Steps

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 18, 2019

Thinking about donating your hair? We can help!

Woman holding a ponytail of hair at a St. Baldrick's event

We know a thing or two about hair.

At St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events, shavees℠ raise money for childhood cancer research by pledging to shave their heads in support of cancer patients, who often lose their hair during treatment.

Should you shave your head for kids with cancer? Take this quiz and find out >

We don’t collect hair donations, but volunteers are welcome to shave their heads at St. Baldrick’s events and donate their hair to another organization. It’s a great way to help two charities at once, and you can do it all in five easy steps!

Not ready to rock a bald head? You can still donate your hair AND help find cures for kids with cancer with a Do What You Want fundraiser.

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Events and Fundraisers

National Volunteer Week: Meet Jessica and Dr. Schultz

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 11, 2019

As we wrap up National Volunteer Week, today we’ll meet two more volunteers with very different stories: one is the mom of a child diagnosed with cancer; the other, a researcher who’s devoted her career to early detection of childhood cancers.

Both will show us that it doesn’t matter how you get involved – just that your involvement is crucial to the work of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Jessica’s daughter, Mya, and friend Brendan are the faces of “Two Tiny Heroes”.

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Events and Fundraisers

National Volunteer Week: Meet Rich

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 10, 2019

Grassroots, individual fundraising and volunteering have been vital to the success of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. But corporations are also key supporters – as we continue spotlighting volunteer efforts for National Volunteer Week, let’s meet a corporate giving professional with a passion for helping kids and getting his company and colleagues on board, too.

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Events and Fundraisers

National Volunteer Week: Meet Ari and Ron

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 8, 2019

National Volunteer Week is a special time for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a donor- and volunteer-powered charity. So much of St. Baldrick’s success depends on the many people who give their time and energy raising money for the fight against childhood cancers. At St. Baldrick’s, we recognize that, without our many determined volunteers, we could never fund lifesaving research and clinical trials to help save kids’ lives.

That’s why we’re taking a few moments this National Volunteer Week to recognize some of our incredible volunteers. These people have shown remarkable passion for St. Baldrick’s and its mission of conquering childhood cancers once and for all. This week, we’ll be introducing you to a few people who represent many of the amazing volunteers who make innovative, lifesaving research possible.

Today, let’s meet two such individuals.

Ari Hen

At just 12 years of age, Ari is among our youngest volunteers. But don’t let her young age fool you – she’s very serious about raising money for St. Baldrick’s.

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Events and Fundraisers

Reflecting on 20 Years of Supporting Childhood Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 15, 2019

In the St. Baldrick’s Foundation community, John Bender has been a catalyst for raising funds in support of lifesaving childhood cancer research and clinical trials.

In 1999, he was one of three reinsurance executives – along with Tim Kenny and Enda McDonnell – who made head shaving part of their mission to find better treatments and eventually a cure for kids’ cancers. Today, as a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, John remains a major part of the organization and an inspiration to those who have taken up this vital cause.

That’s why, with the twentieth year of head shaving upon us, we asked John to share his thoughts on two decades of fighting childhood cancers.

John Bender appears with members of his family in 2009. They're holding a photo of Mighty Mikey, who died after being diagnosed with brain and spinal tumors.
John Bender with members of his family in 2014 holding a photo of Mighty Mikey, who died after being diagnosed with brain and spinal tumors.

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Events and Fundraisers

7 Things That Will Happen at Your St. Baldrick’s Event

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 5, 2019

So many wonderful things happen at St. Baldrick’s events that it was tough to whittle the list down to seven. But here they are! Read on for the seven stupendous things that will definitely happen at your St. Baldrick’s event.

Man getting his head shaved

1. You will make an impact

St. Baldrick’s volunteers are changing the world for kids with cancer. With $258 million going to research in 29 countries, we’re making a big impact on childhood cancer research — and it’s all thanks to you. Keep up the great work!

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Do What You Want

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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