The Mommas Mean Business – And Ten Years Later, They’re Still Raising Money for Pediatric Cancer Research
Editor’s Note: We’re delighted to give the floor to Rebekah, who is our guest blogger and a leader of the 46 Mommas. In this blog post, she shares what she has learned about helping kids with cancer, and keeping her own sisterhood strong.
The League of Legendary Heroes is an order of dedicated volunteers who’ve participated in St. Baldrick’s Foundation events for three or more years. Each year, St. Baldrick’s names a League Champion to lead and inspire this group to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research.
Georgia Moore, our newest League Champion of the League of Legendary Heroes, just celebrated her 19th birthday on Dec. 30. The following day, New Year’s Eve, marked nine years since Georgia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Our 2019 League Champion, Georgia Moore (third from left), appears with her family at Tufts University.
The St. Baldrick’s Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer advocates played an instrumental role in facilitating monumental legislative achievements for kids with cancer in 2018.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 two sons and Emily during the little girl’s Make a Wish trip.
Leslie shares her thoughts before her first shave last year with the 46 Mommas.
Leslie with her son, Brian, before shaving her head with the 46 Mommas. Brian is in remission from Hodgkin lymphoma.
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.
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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