Families

‘I Can Be the Voice for My Son’: Father Shaves his Head for the Eighth Time in Honor of his Son

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 23, 2018

For Eric Haddad, head shaving isn’t just a one-time deal, because as the dad of a kid who fought brain cancer, he knows firsthand that the effects can last a lifetime. Next month, at the Rocky River event in Ohio, Eric will be shaving his head for the eighth time, while raising funds for research that he hopes will lead to better, safer treatments for kids with cancer.

Eric shaves for his son

During a past event, Eric shaves for his son, Shane.

When Shane Haddad was 4 years old, he started fighting childhood cancer. Eight years later, he hasn’t stopped fighting.

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Events and Fundraisers

8 Fundraising Tips From an Eight-Time Shavee

by Karen Jahn Palmieri
February 22, 2018

As a cancer survivor, Karen knows that having cancer is a terrifying experience for an adult. She doesn’t want kids to go through what she did — that’s why she’s shaved eight times and raised thousands of dollars for kids’ cancer research! But how does she raise the big bucks year after year? Read on for 8 tips from the veteran shavee℠ herself …

Karen after her shave

A mom and cancer survivor, Karen has shaved for St. Baldrick’s for eight years.

1. Make it easy for people to donate: When I send out emails, I always include the link to my St. Baldrick’s participant page. I also make fliers and mail out over 200 of them — and every single one includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope, so no one has to look for an envelope and stamp to send a check back to me.

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Do What You Want

8 Ways to Help Kids with Cancer in February

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 1, 2018

February is a month that celebrates love — love between people, love of the game and love of celebration! This February, what could be better than sharing the love by fundraising for childhood cancer research? Check out these 8 fundraising tips to get started…

Superman Sam holds a sign with a heart on it

2015 Ambassador Sam holds a special valentine.

1. Touchdown for Kids With Cancer 

Watching the big game? Turn it into a fundraiser! Bring out your donation jar and every time there’s a touchdown, field goal, or safety during the Super Bowl, ask friends to contribute.

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Families

St. Baldrick’s Participants: Add an Honored Kid to Your Fundraising Page

by Kelly Forebaugh
January 26, 2018

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 with shavees

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.

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Events and Fundraisers

Meet Sir Jack, Eight-Time Shavee and League of Legendary Heroes Champion

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 22, 2018

Honored Kid Jack is selfless, brave, passionate, and funny. The seventh grader works hard, even when the odds are against him and if he could be friends with everyone in the world, he would be. In a word, Jack is special. Even cancer couldn’t take that away from him. And that’s what makes him a legendary hero to us — and this year’s League Champion of the St. Baldrick’s League of Legendary Heroes. You can be a legendary hero too! Get started today.

Jack dressed as a knight

Jack was named 2018 League Champion for the League of Legendary Heroes because of his dedication to fundraising for kids’ cancer research. Photo by Courtney Van Alice Photography

Driving home from a visit with her sister, Vickie decided to run an errand. She pulled into the parking lot at Office Depot and stopped the car, expecting her son, Jack, to get out with her. But he didn’t.

“He’s like, ‘I can’t get out of the car, Mom. I can’t move,’ And I was like, ‘What? You were just wrestling with your cousin.’”

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Do What You Want

5 Ways to Help Kids With Cancer in January

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 5, 2018

It’s January and that means the start of a new year! Need some help beginning with a bang? We’ve got you covered! Here are 5 tips to make 2018 the best year yet, because we think a great year starts with taking childhood back from cancer …

St. Baldrick's Ambassadors say Happy New Year

St. Baldrick’s 2018 Ambassadors (from left to right) Julia, Kellan and Zach wish you a Happy New Year!

1. New Year, New You!

Challenge others to give up an indulgence for the month – then ask them to donate what they would have spent instead. They can abstain from drinking their favorite beverage or eating out and give what they save.

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Head-Shaving

St. Baldrick’s 2018 Event Registration Is Open [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 4, 2018

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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Why I Give

Your Donation to a Shavee Matters, and Here’s Why

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 3, 2018

Someone you know is shaving their head for childhood cancer research and is asking YOU for a donation. But why should you give?

Why donate to St. Baldrick's for childhood cancer research?

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Events and Fundraisers

Giving Back in Honor of Adam

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 21, 2017

Adam Rosowicz once told his wife that he’d give his life if it would save one kid with cancer. Now, thanks to his love for St. Baldrick’s and others’ love for him, the long-time shavee and his family are saving countless lives. Since Adam’s passing in June from cancer, the St. Baldrick’s memorial page established in his honor has raised $30,000 – and counting – to fund childhood cancer research and help kids live long, healthy lives.

Adam and Christine share a kiss after a shave

Adam and Christine, married for 21 years, share a kiss during a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event.

When Adam Rosowicz was in college, he worked multiple jobs to help his parents with the cost of tuition. When he was renovating a house with his wife, Christine, he would run wires at night, so she wouldn’t be without electricity during the day. And year after year, he would sit down in the St. Baldrick’s barber’s chair with a smile on his face, a beer in his hand and zero hesitation. That was the kind of man he was. Generous, hardworking and kind, Adam put everyone else before himself.

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Do What You Want

9 Ways You Can Help Kids With Cancer in December

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 1, 2017

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.

Ambassador Alan gets a kiss from Santa

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!

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