We were joined by Emily and Sarah, St. Baldrick’s Ambassadors who were both diagnosed with types of childhood cancers in their teens; Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin, a St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grant recipient and Medical Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute; Jane Hoppen, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Director of Family Relations; and Steven Incontrera, dailyRx Director of Social Media and moderator for the Hangout.
Here are a few of our favorite quotes from the Hangout.
Jane Hoppen, St. Baldrick’s Director of Family Relations:
“We have a variety of ways for people to get involved, and I want to stress not only this month but year round. Kids are diagnosed every day.”
“St. Baldrick’s is proof that one person, one dollar, can make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. So we need everyone to get involved with this fight.” (tweet this)
Sarah S, St. Baldrick’s 2012 Ambassador:
“I’m so glad I was able to be [an ambassador] because they [St. Baldrick’s] have changed my life, they have changed my family’s life and I just like that I can preach to people and be like, go bald because it’s beautiful!”
“St. Baldrick’s is, in my opinion, the best place to donate because…all of the money goes to childhood cancer research.”
Emily M, St. Baldrick’s 2013 Ambassador:
“As a young adult, I love that I can advocate not only for myself but for other kids. And as an ambassador, it’s great being able to be that person to all the others who don’t have that voice.”
“We are not kids but we’re also not fully matured adults yet and we still do need help advocating for ourselves… and I think St. Baldrick’s is an excellent way to get the word out as well as bring in money for the research because it really is what’s saving our lives.”
Dr. Hayes-Latin, St. Baldrick’s grant recipient:
“We were really grateful for St. Baldrick’s to be one of the leaders in recognizing that the adolescent young adult population is different.”
“We’re using the same drugs in the same regimens that have been used for decades. These clinical trials are important.”
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