St. Baldrick’s Ambassadors represent the more than 400,000 kids worldwide who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Ambassadors come from diverse geographic areas, ages, diseases, and treatment statuses. Their stories highlight the importance of supporting the best childhood cancer research so all kids diagnosed can live long, healthy, productive, and happy lives.
Every child is so much more than a cancer diagnosis. Each has their own unique personality, gifts, and talents. Read on to learn more about these remarkable kids.
Last month, Ambassador Aaron finished his first semester at college and came home for a clinic visit to make sure he was still in remission. His mom, Dana, shares their good news and her hopes for 2016.
Aaron with his parents, Dana and Greg.
As we get ready to welcome our new Ambassadors, we checked in one last time with our 2015 Ambassadors to reflect on the past year and how much the St. Baldrick’s community means to them.
Two and a half years ago, Ambassador Aaron was just finishing treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He’s still in remission, and this week he’s starting his freshman year of college over 300 miles away from home. He shares this quick update.
Aaron stands with his family at his high school graduation ceremony.
Ambassador Aaron is shaving tomorrow for the first time since he was diagnosed with childhood cancer. Now in remission, he reflects on what braving the shave means to him now.
After shaving his head for St. Baldrick’s four years in a row, Aaron was diagnosed with Burkitt non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012. He’s now in remission.
After taking a year off from shaving my head, I’ve decided to brave the shave again!
Aaron was always the picture of health. Then at 15, the avid athlete was diagnosed with Burkitt non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Aaron wasn’t unfamiliar with childhood cancer. He had been a St. Baldrick’s shavee since the age of 11 and even created a team called the Bald Buddies.
Ambassador Aaron, his dad, Gregory, his mom, Dana, and his sister, Rita, proudly display the Team Aaron banner.
After his fourth shave for St. Baldrick’s, Aaron found out he had childhood cancer. The end of March marked one year of remission for Aaron. He shares his thoughts after his sixth St. Baldrick’s event. (Find an event near you!)
Aaron in 2012 before he was diagnosed with pediatric cancer.
At that time, I thought the idea of shaving my head would be cool and kind of fun. I was one of the only kids in my town to participate. After a few more years of being a shavee, I learned more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the importance of raising money and shaving your head to support children’s cancer research.
I created my own team, the Bald Buddies, and encouraged some friends from school to raise money and shave their heads with me. As the years went on, my team, as well as the event, grew larger and larger.
Around Thanksgiving of 2012, I noticed a grape-sized bump on the side of my neck. My mom thought it was a swollen gland but since I didn’t have any other symptoms, we waited to see if it changed or went away.