What employees would donate their vacation hours to find cures for kids’ cancers? What about shave their heads? Or throw a big party to rake in funding for research? Blackhawk Network employees, that’s who! Read on for more about the company, its commitment to St. Baldrick’s and how they give back in creative ways.
Blackhawk employees shave their heads at the Benioff Children’s Hospital event. Photos by Terry Vanderheiden
Blackhawk Network is well known for being the company behind the gift cards we see at the grocery store and the ones we get on our birthdays. But Blackhawk is about more than just helping people both gift and pay easily — the company is also about paying it forward, especially when it comes to kids’ cancer research.
It’s National Volunteer Week and at St. Baldrick’s we have a lot of reasons to celebrate — like nearly 45,000 reasons! (Yep, that’s how many people volunteered for St. Baldrick’s this year and we love them ALL!) From team captains to barbers to shavees to VEOs and beyond— St. Baldrick’s is volunteer-powered and proud. Why do our incredible volunteers do what they do? Find out from three of our heroes!
Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming, and the snow is melting. Whether you’re enjoying a week of freedom or looking to spend quality time with your friends and family, spring into the new season by helping fund childhood cancer research. Here are 5 ways to get you started.
1. DIY Music Festival. Spring is the unofficial start of festival season — so why not create your very own music festival with close friends and dance the day away?
To shave your head or not to shave, that is your question. Well, we’re here to help! Dive into our handy dandy flowchart to get the answers you seek — and help kids with cancer at the same time.
Did you know you can support a head-shaving event or team without actually shaving your head? It’s easy with these quick steps.
We know head-shaving isn’t for everyone — but supporting kids with cancer is!
You can raise money for research however you want with a Do What You Want fundraiser, and then join forces with a St. Baldrick’s team or event to meet your fundraising goals even faster.
The best part? All of that money goes towards the same lifesaving childhood cancer research. So why not support a great event at the same time?
What can you do to raise money for childhood cancer research? The answer is, just about anything you can think of! Here are 16 awesome fundraising ideas to get the ball rolling.
Doing It Already?
Planning to run a 5K? Having a party? Why not make it count by turning it into a fundraiser for kids fighting cancer? Here are a few ideas that might already be on your calendar:
Amber donated her birthday to help raise funds for childhood cancer.
You can donate your birthday by taking the day that would usually be centered on you and turn it into a meaningful celebration to support kids with cancer. Giving up your birthday shows your friends and family that you are passionate about fighting this serious disease!
I was looking for a special way to recognize the many Honored Kids I’ve come to know in my time here at St. Baldrick’s. Each has made a huge impact on my life. So I decided to donate my birthday to the Haven’s Gastropub event in Pasadena, California, to help raise important funds for childhood cancer research.
While I started with a fundraising goal of $1,000, it was passed in little more than a day and I ended up raising $5,500! It was amazing to see all of the people in my life come together to support this cause that I care so much about. It truly was the best birthday ever.
So are you ready to donate your birthday but you don’t know where to start? Here are my top secret super-duper birthday tips!
Nathan Z. has shaved his head at St. Baldrick’s events every year since he was in second grade. But this year, he did something different. Read how Nathan is making a difference for kids with cancer without going bald.
Nathan smiles with his second grade teacher, Mrs. Kinsley, and her daughter, Fallon.
When you’ve been shaving your head for kids with cancer for the past seven years, it can feel a bit weird to take a year off.
Thirteen-year-old Nathan Z. knows the feeling.
It started as a simple class project at Ocean Breeze Elementary School. Now it’s become something much more noble. See what happens when young students get together to make a difference for kids with cancer.
Students practice their marketing skills by making posters for their business.
Holly Mentillo, a school teacher in Satellite Beach, Florida, came up with a class project to teach her students how a business works.
But this project has turned into something much greater: a mission to fund childhood cancer research.
Alex Penny is a physical therapist who recently completed a grueling Ironman triathlon. His inspiration? A former patient, Ambassador Caroline. “She gave me the courage to fight through every cramp and all the nausea and exhaustion of training this past year,” Alex writes. Read on to see how Ambassador Caroline pushed Alex to keep going — and to raise over $4,000 for childhood cancer research along the way.
Caroline was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in January 2014 and spent much of that year in the hospital in Houston.
I am a physical therapist at a major cancer hospital in Texas. I specialize in the rehabilitation of pediatric bone tumor patients, most often following major orthopedic reconstructive surgeries. This is how I met Caroline Richards and her family.
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