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

The Real Deal: Helping Kids Beat Cancer

Giving Tuesday is an important day for St. Baldrick’s, which depends on the generosity of people like you to advance the fight against childhood cancers. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s mission is very important: It’s about saving kids from cancer by funding research and clinical trials that can lead to new and better treatments.

Imagine the impact we could have on childhood cancer research if we passed some of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings on to St. Baldrick’s: We could send more kids to clinical trials and help save lives.

Childhood Cancer: Changing Families Forever

While many children have benefited from clinical trials, there’s still much work to be done in the fight against childhood cancers. Every 2 minutes, another child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide.

In every case, a family is changed forever. Losing a child to cancer is devastating – and it happens far too often.

About 12 years ago, the Sandi family learned their 16-month-old daughter, Althea, had acute myeloid leukemia. Althea died shortly after her second birthday. Imagine how devastating it must have been when in 2013 the Sandi family learned that their son, Phineas, also had leukemia. In time, it became clear that Phineas’ illness was not just very serious, but highly resistant to standard treatments. Time was running out.

But thanks to the support of St. Baldrick’s donors and ground-breaking clinical trials led by dedicated physicians, a new immunotherapy treatment helped save Phineas’ life. Against all odds, today he’s a healthy 10-year old.

Helping Families by Funding Research, Clinical Trials

Phineas is hardly alone in fighting a long and protracted battle with cancer. Take Zach, for example – at age 17, he’s already been diagnosed with cancer 3 times. Cancer has been such a major part of Zach’s life that he calls it “The Beast”.

Following his most recent diagnosis, Zach’s physicians found standard treatments ineffective. The result: Zach’s prognosis appeared uncertain. It was a situation that left Zach and his family worried about the future.

Thankfully, research and a clinical trial helped provide a new and better treatment for Zach’s condition. Thanks to the support of St. Baldrick’s and its donors, Zach’s physician, Dr. Kevin J. Curran, was able to use an emerging treatment option – called immunotherapy – to save Zach’s life. Today, Zach is doing much better: he’s back at school and, for the first time in years, has the energy to spend time with his friends. He’s also learning to drive and recently got his driver’s license.

Stop Cancer by Passing On Your Savings

Although Zach and Phineas have survived cancer, like many survivors, they may continue to face serious health challenges. Additionally, it remains true that 1 in 5 American children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.

That’s why we need your help. If you saved money this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, please consider supporting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. With your donation, we can fund childhood cancer research and vital clinical trials that help kids like Zach and Phineas.

We can take childhood back from cancer.

Childhood cancer cures start with you. Fund lifesaving research today.