Childhood Cancer

Meet the 2024 St. Baldrick’s Ambassadors!

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 3, 2024

2024 Ambassadors left to right: Aaron holding a guitar wearing a grey shirt, Camden wearing a striped light and dark grey shirt, Julianna with a pink bow on her head wearing a beige sweater, Scott wearing a blue button down, Sam wearing a button down with leaves on it.

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.

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From Clinic Visits to College Visits: Aaron’s Mom Looks Back on 2015

by Dana Thompson
January 4, 2016

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.

Ambassador Aaron smiles with his parents, Dana and Greg

Aaron with his parents, Dana and Greg.

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Our Ambassadors Say Goodbye to 2015

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 31, 2015

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.

St. Baldrick's Foundation 2015 Ambassadors

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Cancer to College: A New Chapter Begins for Aaron

by Aaron Thompson
August 26, 2015

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 sports a cap and gown and stands with his parents and sister

Aaron stands with his family at his high school graduation ceremony.

Unfortunately summer is nearly over, but it also marks the beginning of a new stage of my life. This week I’ll be starting my studies at the University of Pittsburgh. It is bittersweet that I am leaving high school behind, but I am excited for all of the fun experiences and new friends I will make over the next four years.

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Losing His Hair by Choice: Aaron Shaves for the First Time Since His Diagnosis

by Aaron Thompson
March 13, 2015

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.

Aaron is shaving for the first time since he was diagnosed with childhood cancer.

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!

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Kids with Cancer

Meet Aaron

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 7, 2015

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 and his family proudly displays a 'Team Aaron' banner.

Ambassador Aaron, his dad, Gregory, his mom, Dana, and his sister, Rita, proudly display the Team Aaron banner.

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Kids with Cancer

From the Barber’s Chair to the Front Lines in the Fight Against Kids’ Cancer

by Aaron Thompson
April 8, 2014

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 Thompson

Aaron in 2012 before he was diagnosed with pediatric cancer.

I was 11 the first time I participated in a St. Baldrick’s event. It was 2009 and I was at a swim meet when my coach mentioned there would be a head-shaving event to benefit childhood cancer research right in my home town of Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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.

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