Need some monthly inspiration? We’ve got it! Each month we will be highlighting one of our heroes right here on the blog. Without further ado, say hello to our first Advocate of the Month: Wendy Baskins. Wendy never backs down from a fight — just like her son, Stephen, who battled cancer three times. Read on for more about Stephen, what he taught her, and why Wendy fights for families facing childhood cancer.
Wendy wears a big grin as she goes bald for childhood cancer research during the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave event. Courtesy of Cassell Photography
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That is one of the many things Wendy Baskins learned from her son, Stephen.
Looking for a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day AND make a difference? Go bald with us crazy head-shaving people!
We are the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered childhood cancer charity that raises money for research through head-shaving events across the globe.
(We also got our start on St. Patrick’s Day, when three guys shaved bald in a bar to raise money for kids’ cancer research. But more on that later!)
As the second largest funder of childhood cancer research grants behind the United States government, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $200 million in grants to researchers working to give kids with cancer a better future.
To shave your head or not to shave, that is your question. Well, we’re here to help! Dive into our handy dandy flowchart to get the answers you seek — and help kids with cancer at the same time.
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.
2016 Ambassador Cheyenne’s childhood cancer journey began two years ago when her doctors discovered a life-threatening tumor blocking her airway. Cheyenne’s grandmother Dani reflects on what that day was like — and how it inspired her to host her own St. Baldrick’s event and shave in her granddaughter’s honor.
Shavees and volunteers at the “Be The Hope!” event form a cancer ribbon.
On January 30, 2015, I received a call that changed my family’s life forever.
It was the day I found out that my 9-year-old granddaughter was being airlifted to the hospital because a fast-growing tumor was crushing her windpipe.
It felt like the ground went out from under me. It was surreal. I thought, “this happens to other people, not to us.”
Did you know you can support a head-shaving event or team without actually shaving your head? It’s easy with these quick steps.
We know head-shaving isn’t for everyone — but supporting kids with cancer is!
You can raise money for research however you want with a Do What You Want fundraiser, and then join forces with a St. Baldrick’s team or event to meet your fundraising goals even faster.
The best part? All of that money goes towards the same lifesaving childhood cancer research. So why not support a great event at the same time?
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.
What can you do to raise money for childhood cancer research? The answer is, just about anything you can think of! Here are 16 awesome fundraising ideas to get the ball rolling.
Doing It Already?
Planning to run a 5K? Having a party? Why not make it count by turning it into a fundraiser for kids fighting cancer? Here are a few ideas that might already be on your calendar:
Do you like throwing parties? Do you want to make a difference for kids with cancer? We do, too! Join St. Baldrick’s and throw the ultimate shindig for good — a head-shaving event. Read on for five reasons to organize your own amazing event this year.
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 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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