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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Childhood Cancer

Saving Money on Black Friday? Pass it on this Giving Tuesday.

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
November 20, 2018

Last year, an estimated 174 million Americans – or more than half the total US population – shopped online or in stores between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. In only 5 days, online sales totaled nearly $15 billion. It’s safe to say, then, that many Americans saved money pursuing big bargains that weekend.

If you’re saving money during this year’s Black Friday or Cyber Monday events, consider passing it on this Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27. You can do that right now by visiting our dedicated Giving Tuesday donation page.

Giving Tuesday is the real deal this Black Friday

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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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My Kids Don’t Have Cancer but I Shave My Head, and Here’s Why

by Chris Colton
April 1, 2016

Chris Colton has no personal tie to childhood cancer. Yet for the last seven years, he and his son, Liam, have shaved their heads with St. Baldrick’s. Read Chris’ explanation of why funding childhood cancer research is so important, even if it doesn’t affect you directly.

Chris and Liam at a head-shaving event in 2014

One of my favorite days of the year is “St. Baldrick’s Day” — a day of bald heads, temporary tattoos of green shamrocks and fundraising for childhood cancer research.

This year marks the seventh year that my 8-year-old son, Liam, and I have shaved our heads at our local head-shaving event in Libertyville, Illinois.

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Why I Give

Your Investment Creates Hope

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 11, 2015

We are proud that the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the world’s largest volunteer-driven charity for childhood cancer research. In fact, each year, tens of thousands of amazing volunteers join us to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research — research that kids with cancer need right now.

TLC Foundation St. Baldrick's check presentation

Lou and Cindy Campbell of the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation with Zach Semenetz (second from left), St. Baldrick’s VEO, and Susan Heard (second from right), St. Baldrick’s Senior Director of Distinguished Giving.

The money raised goes into grants that fund every stage of the research process at over 300 institutions in the U.S. and around the world. These grants are an investment in the lives of kids with cancer, and each grant requires a substantial financial investment, too.

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Events and Fundraisers

Josh Finishes Treatment and Shaves His Head for Kids With Cancer

by Josh Pita
October 30, 2014

Josh, a St. Baldrick’s Honored Kid from Weston, Florida, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. The 11-year-old has been off treatment for about seven months now and shaved his head for childhood cancer research at a St. Baldrick’s event at Mickey Byrnes Pub in Hollywood, Florida last month. Help Josh reach his goal! Donate on his shavee℠ page.

Josh loves playing football and was able to return to the sport a year after being diagnosed

Josh loves playing football and was able to return to the sport just a year after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Almost four years ago, I was in second grade.  I loved playing football, but I was really tired.  I couldn’t play as well as I normally could.

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Why I Give

Couple’s Gift Leaves Legacy of Hope for Children With Cancer

by Avis Matsuda, St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 9, 2014

You can give hope to children with cancer. Get involved.

Dr. Todd Alonzo was an esteemed statistician with the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) in 2003 when the first California St. Baldrick’s events were held. He was well respected by his colleagues in the childhood cancer research arena for his expertise and knowledge.

But what would inspire this distinguished researcher to shave half his head in Southern California, fly half-shorn to Sacramento, and shave the other half there?

Todd Alonzo and Jason Alonzo with green mohawks
A brother who dyed his hair green! And a challenge to see who could raise more money for an incredible cause.

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An Open Letter to Lexus: Thank You for Providing the Fuel to Fight Childhood Cancer

by Kris Doyle
June 4, 2014

Kris, a St. Baldrick’s volunteer and shavee℠, was one of 10 winners of the Lexus Bold IS video contest. She donated her prize to St. Baldrick’s to help fund childhood cancer research. You can help, too.

Doyle family in front of St. Baldrick's themed Lexus Bold IS

Kris, second from right, and her family in front of the St. Baldrick’s-themed Lexus Bold IS.

To our friends at Lexus,

As the mother of a childhood cancer survivor and a participant in your Lexus Bold IS video contest, I would like to take this moment to thank you for joining with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and offering this unique opportunity for its shavees to take a bold new step in their efforts to promote awareness for childhood cancer and to secure funding for a cure.

However, before I do so, I would like to share with you some of the reasons why your collaboration with St. Baldrick’s has helped foster hope in the hearts of those touched by childhood cancer.

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Honoring a Son and Helping Cure Childhood Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 8, 2013


Three-time shavee Michael Rue sits in the barber’s chair for St. Baldrick’s. Michael passed away in 2012, but his family carries on his memory by donating to Michael’s favorite childhood cancer foundation.

“A single act does make a difference…it creates a ripple effect that can be felt many miles and people away.” – Lee J. Colan

When Michael Rue first shaved his head in 2009 to support a friend’s daughter battling leukemia, he had no idea of the ripple effect it would create for his family and friends. Michael passed away suddenly in November 2012, and the following March, his mom attended her first St. Baldrick’s event at Meehan’s Public House in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Michael’s mom, Mary, reflects on the event.

This past weekend, I watched two men get their heads shaved in memory of their friend and my son, Michael. They looked supremely happy. I know without a doubt Michael was there in spirit sporting a big grin on his face, just as he did each time he was a shavee.

I regret never attending any of the events when Michael got his head shaved. He did it three times — in fact I kind of dreaded it. I didn’t think Mike looked good bald, and I told him so! But he would always assure me his hair would grow back again. He smiles back at me in pictures I have of him in the barber’s chair and he looks so happy.

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