Families

If Only There Had Been a Cure in Time for David

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 5, 2017

Honored Kid David was bright, charming and totally dedicated to embracing life. He also had childhood cancer. David asked his family to fight for a cure — a cure that didn’t come soon enough for him. Read on to learn more about this spectacular 10-year-old, his childhood cancer journey and why his mom, Susan, is passionate about research.

David with his mom Susan at an event

David hugs his mom, Susan, at a fundraising event.

Who would David be if he had grown up?

His mom can’t help but wonder. If he’d lived, he’d be a teenager now.

Would he still have that obsession with colorful skinny jeans? Would that cello he insisted upon getting still be gathering dust? Would he still be that bubbly, charismatic kid she remembers?

What if childhood cancer research hadn’t failed him?

That’s what Susan Heard wonders.

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Families

Surviving After Five Years: The Secret Truth of Long-Term Survivorship

by Alyson Weissman
August 21, 2017

Alyson Weissman is a dedicated St. Baldrick’s shavee℠, a member of the 46 Mommas and the founder of a St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund which raises crucial funds for lifesaving research. Why does she do so much? Because Alyson is also the parent of a cancer survivor. Read on for more about what being a survivor really means, how she conquers fear and why she works so hard to fund kids’ cancer research.

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Alyson shaves her head with St. Baldrick’s as her son holds her hand.

My son Jared was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2007. This year, in July, he will be a nine-year cancer survivor.

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Advocacy

St. Baldrick’s Advocate of the Month: Wendy Baskins

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 22, 2017

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.

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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.

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Head-Shaving

10 Things You Should Know About the 46 Mommas

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 18, 2015
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The 46 Mommas’ first shave in 2010. Photo by JNP Studios

The 46 Mommas are legendary here at St. Baldrick’s. Each year, mothers of children with cancer gather to shave their heads and raise money for children’s cancer research.

But did you know these 10 things about the 46 Mommas?

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Families

A Bittersweet Mother’s Day

by Lori Del Vecchio
May 5, 2015

Lori Del Vecchio is the mother of two boys and a girl, Emily, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2011. Emily passed away a couple days before Mother’s Day just a year later. With the holiday on the horizon, Lori reflects on how Mother’s Day has changed.

Lori with her children.

Lori with her two sons and Emily during the little girl’s Make a Wish trip.

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Families

What It’s Like to Be a Mom of a Child With Cancer

by Leslie Jermainne
January 8, 2015

Leslie shares her thoughts before her first shave last year with the 46 Mommas.

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Leslie with her son, Brian, before shaving her head with the 46 Mommas. Brian is in remission from Hodgkin lymphoma.

Why am I shaving my head? I guess you could say I’m shaving for three people.

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Families

A Christmas Wish

by Kris Doyle
December 23, 2014

Kris, a St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteer, shavee℠ and the mother of a childhood cancer survivor, shares memories of Christmases past and present, and a shaving experience she’ll never forget.

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Kris’ son Will, who was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer at the age of 4, sat on Santa’s lap during a break from the hospital.

Three weeks ago, I made a return to the city of Boston. I had only been there once before, this past summer when I shaved my head with my fellow 46 Mommas for the very first time.

It had been a quick trip, I hadn’t had the opportunity the explore the sights and sounds of the city, so I was so thrilled to have this second opportunity to take a look at Boston.

Even though there were so many historical sights I was anxious to visit, my very first stop was to the Prudential Center, a shopping mall located at the base of the Prudential Tower. My intended destination was a small alcove located directly across from the post office — the exact location where I joined my fellow 2014 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave cancer moms this past July as we shaved our heads to raise funds for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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Families

The Day I Took My Life Back From Childhood Cancer

by Leslie Jermainne
December 8, 2014

Leslie recounts how her life changed when her son was diagnosed with childhood cancer, and how her shave with the 46 Mommas helped her regain control. Donate on Leslie’s head.

Leslie Jermainne and her son Brian after she shaved her head at the 46 Mommas head-shaving event in July

Leslie Jermainne and her son, Brian, after she shaved her head at the 46 Mommas head-shaving event in July.

On April 18, 2013, a man I had seen only two times stood over me and said the worst words I have ever heard. “Your son has lymphoma.”

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Head-Shaving

‘Fabulous, Bald, and 50′: A 46 Momma Rings In Her Birthday With a New Look

by Alyson Weissman
September 5, 2014

Change your look and change the world for kids with cancer. Be a shavee℠.

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I am on the cusp of 50. Today I’m 49 and tomorrow, the big 5-0!

I have to imagine that my friends and family have been wondering why I would choose to shave my head right before what many consider a milestone birthday, especially in the life of a woman — a time when it feels like we are clinging to that last bit of our youth, a time when many women begin to imagine that their beauty has begun to fade and the world has stopped taking notice of them.

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Families

Why Wario Shaved at the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave

by Kris Doyle
August 5, 2014

St. Baldrick’s volunteers show their support for kids with cancer in fun ways! You can, too. Get involved.

Kris Doyle and her son Will dressed up as Wario and Waluigi

Kris and her son Will dressed up as video game characters Wario and Waluigi.

Why dress up as Wario when I shaved with my fellow 46 Mommas?

Although not many people asked me outright, I could see the question in their eyes. I’m sure they probably thought I was a video game fanatic.

The truth is, I don’t play video games all that well. But my son does.

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