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What Do YOU Want To Do? 16 Ideas to Get You Started

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 27, 2017

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:

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How to Donate Your Birthday for Kids With Cancer: 10 Tried-and-True Tips

by Amber Janke, St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 21, 2016

Amber donated her birthday to raise money for childhood cancer research. You can, too! Read her 10 super helpful tips below.


Amber donated her birthday to help raise funds for childhood cancer.

What does it mean to donate your birthday? Glad you asked!

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!

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A ‘Bald’ Mitzvah to Remember

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 11, 2016

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 with his second grade teacher, Mrs. Kinsley

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.

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Teacher Shavee Teams With Students to Fund Childhood Cancer Research

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 29, 2016

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.

three students create fundraising poster

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.

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‘Racing for a Reason’: Alex’s Ironman Triathlon for Caroline Richards

by Alex Penny
November 2, 2015

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 sits and smiles her infectious smile

Caroline was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in January 2014 and spent much of that year in the hospital in Houston.

This past Labor Day wasn’t about long weekends, trips to the lake or backyard BBQs. I was riding my bike 100 miles on Saturday, running 18 miles on Sunday and swimming 2 miles on Monday. A typical training weekend for me, over the last year anyway.

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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Totally Tubular: Retro Prom Raises Funds for Childhood Cancer Research

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 19, 2015

What’s better than one party for good? How about two! That was the thinking behind a righteous pre-event fundraiser for the 2016 Fado head-shaving event in Denver, Colorado — the 1980s Retro Prom. Radical, dude.

Collage of people in costume at the 80s retro prom

Attendees came to the 1980s Retro Prom in Denver, Colorado dressed to impress.

On September 19, Casselman’s Bar may have been all business in front, but it was a rocking party in back — and all to benefit childhood cancer research.

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3,069 Miles for Research: Couple Bikes From Coast to Coast in Memory of Their Daughter

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 13, 2015

Nearly one year ago, Kim and Jon Smith peddled from San Diego to Florida in memory of their daughter, Tyler, who passed from germ cell cancer at 15 years old. The couple experienced searing temperatures and soaking rain on their 3,069-mile, two-month-long fundraising journey dubbed Team Tyler Rides. But most of all, Kim and Jon encountered their daughter’s beautiful and generous spirit along the way.

Kim and Jon lift their bikes on their shoulders at the Pacific Ocean at the start of their ride

Kim and Jon start their cross-country ride at the Pacific Ocean in San Diego.

When Jon and Kim needed a boost, there were the energy bars and electrolyte replacing beverages, but the real fuel couldn’t be torn from a wrapper or gulped from a bottle.

When the miles got tough, it was the dragonflies and the generosity of strangers that kept the couple pedaling.

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Put Your Hands Together For the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 25, 2015

All of us here at St. Baldrick’s are giving you a standing ovation, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, for so many years of making beautiful music with us in support of kids with cancer.

Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra in action

The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra has been a long-time support of St. Baldrick’s.

As long-time St. Baldrick’s supporters, the orchestra has raised almost $10,000 for childhood cancer research.

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How I Celebrate My Son on Two Wheels

by Susan Heard
May 14, 2015

Every year in honor of her son David’s birthday, Susan rides the 40-mile New York City Five Boro Bike Tour. This year, with their feet on the pedals, the wind at their backs (and sometimes their fronts), and 32,000 people riding alongside them, Susan and her friends raised over $4,000 for the David’s Warriors Hero Fund. Susan explains what the ride means to her.

Susan and her cycling friends in front of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge during the Five Boro Bike Tour.

Susan and her cycling friends in front of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

In 2009 as our son, David, was battling neuroblastoma, one of his incredible Cub Scout leaders rode the New York City Five Boro Bike Tour in David’s honor. It’s a 40-mile ride touching each borough in the city, complete with amazing street music, skyline views that take your breath away, and an opportunity to feel the beat of the city in a way that is just spectacular.

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Going the Distance: Cancer Survivor Hikes From Mexico to Canada for Kids’ Cancer Research

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 29, 2015

The Pacific Crest Trail runs from the California-Mexico border all the way to Canada, and cancer survivor Greg Sagan wants to hike all of it for kids with cancer. Last week he started his five-month, 2,663-mile trek and one of the most epic St. Baldrick’s fundraisers we’ve ever seen.

Greg Sagan and his friend and hiking partner Zac Barbiasz at the start of the PCT.

Greg Sagan, on right, and his friend and hiking partner, Zac Barbiasz, on the U.S.-Mexico border at the start of the PCT.

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