Childhood Cancer

And the St. Baldrick’s 2018 #BestBaldDad Is…

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 15, 2018

We’ve already shaved over 30,000 heads this year to raise money for kids’ cancer research. That’s a lot of bald heads! So, for Father’s Day, we wanted to do something special for all the dads who went bald in support of kids with cancer. Check out the winners of our #BestBaldDad contest below.

BBD Winners

This year’s #BestBaldDad contest made for some tough decisions. How could you not vote for all of them?

After hundreds of votes and countless requests to crown them all as the #BestBaldDad, we finally have our top three winners, each receiving a goodie from St. Baldrick’s AND a co-branded St. Baldrick’s + Love Your Melon beanie!

Introducing your 2018 #BestBaldDads:

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Real-Life Stories

Meet the 20-Year Childhood Cancer Survivor Who Proved Her Doctors Wrong

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 13, 2018
Rebecca Morrow with her daughter

Rebecca smiles with her 2-year-old daughter, Sophie.

Childhood cancer had already taken so many things from Rebecca Morrow. During treatment, her hair dropped out twice. She missed her entire seventh-grade year. Her social life evaporated. The treatment devastated her developing body. Sometimes when treatment got really tough, her drive to survive crumbled.

So, when the doctors told a teenage Rebecca that she’d likely never have children of her own, she shrugged it off.

Rebecca had already lost so much to childhood cancer. What was one more thing?

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Events and Fundraisers

Father’s Day Contest: Show Us Your #BestBaldDad

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 5, 2018

We love dads. Especially dads who shave their heads to help take childhood back from cancer!

2016 Best Bald Dad Winner

Father’s Day is around the corner, and we want to give some extra love to all the awesome dads who’ve given up their hair to raise money for kids’ cancer research.

Today until June 10, show us your #BestBaldDad photos for a chance to win St. Baldrick’s swag and a limited edition, co-branded St. Baldrick’s + Love Your Melon beanie!

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Events and Fundraisers

This Pilot Leaves Toy Cars Around the World to Spread Awareness About Childhood Cancer

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 30, 2018

When Brian flies around the world for UPS, a little piece of Ambassador Brooks comes along on the trip – his favorite toy, Hot Wheels cars. “I think about him every day now,” Brian said of Brooks. Learn about how this pilot and his wife, Natalie, were inspired by Brooks and took to the skies (and the barber’s chair) to fundraise for childhood cancer research in Brooks’ honor.

Brian shaves while holding a sign that reads: Brooks

Brian shaved at the Be Brooks Brave and Shave head-shaving event in Indiana to honor Ambassador Brooks, a local 6-year-old boy who died of brain and spine cancer in 2016. “Unfortunately, we never had the opportunity to meet Brooks, but his story is definitely in our hearts, that’s for sure,” said Brian’s wife, Natalie.

When Brian’s wife, Natalie, first read about Ambassador Brooks on Facebook, she couldn’t get the story out of her head and her heart. He was so young, innocent and healthy looking, but he had pediatric brain cancer. With his dark hair and dark eyes, Brooks reminded Natalie of her own son. 

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Families

Honored Kid Sully Beats Brain Cancer One Step at a Time

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 22, 2018

Honored Kid Sully loves to bike, run and wrestle with his brothers like any 11-year-old boy. He even tried out skiing over spring break. You’d never expect that just a year and a half ago, Sully woke up from surgery unable to walk.

Honored Kid Sullivan before his diagnosis

Honored Kid Sully loves to bike, run, ride roller coasters and play with his brothers, Cashel and Finn. He wants to be a civil engineer when he grows up and dreams of designing the world’s best roller coasters.

It all started with back pain. It was innocuous at first. Hot baths would relieve Sully’s pain for a while, but it would come back with a vengeance. Finally, after many doctor’s visits, a lot of ibuprofen and no improvement, Sully’s parents, Dan and Jen, brought their son to the ER.

Hours later, the boy was in emergency brain surgery.

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Events and Fundraisers

Survivor Grows Up to Fundraise for Kids With Cancer Like Him

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 20, 2018

Joey Chamness has grown up from being St. Baldrick’s very first Ambassador to become a longtime shavee and the VEO of his college event — helping fundraise for childhood cancer research to the tune of thousands of dollars. Why does he do it? Because this survivor knows firsthand how important it is to find better, safer treatments and cures for kids with cancer.

Collage of Joey Chamness during treatment and after

(Left) Joey rests and watches movies during his treatment for osteosarcoma. (Right) Now a survivor, Joey speaks during a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event.

21-year-old Joey Chamness considers himself lucky.

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Events and Fundraisers

Bride-to-Be Volunteers to Shave Her Head to Help Kids With Cancer

by Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 16, 2018

From the child who donates his piggy bank to help kids with cancer, to the volunteer who matches every gift raised, there are many reasons to be confident that researchers will gain the upper hand against childhood cancer. In honor of Volunteer Week, here’s the story of two female volunteers who made an indelible impact on me and showcase why I am constantly amazed, surprised and humbled by St. Baldrick’s volunteers…

Corrine shaves her head

Bride-to-be Corrine goes under the clippers (held by her fiancé) during the Fado head-shaving event in Chicago.

On March 9, 2018 at the Fado Irish Pub head-shaving event in downtown Chicago, I was humbled by two women who defied convention by shaving ahead of one of life’s most important events.

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Events and Fundraisers

St. Baldrick’s Shavee Rocks the Bald in Memory of his Sister

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 10, 2018

In honor of National Siblings Day, we bring you an amazing story of a brother’s love and dedication to honor his sister and raise money for childhood cancer research in her memory. Meet Geordan, a long-time shavee and the proud big brother of Honored Kid Rayanna.

Geordan and Rayanna share a hug

Rayanna and Geordan share a sweet moment.

When Geordan shaves with St. Baldrick’s, his sister is there. When he drives his race car, she’s with him. When he walks the halls of his high school, rocking his bald head, Rayanna is never far away. The little girl is always with Geordan in his thoughts, hanging around her brother just like she did before childhood cancer took her away.

“Rayanna was my only full sibling and now it’s just me,” the 16-year-old said. “I miss Rayanna and wish there had never been childhood cancer.”

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Events and Fundraisers

Should You Shave? ‘Go for It,’ Says Seven-Time Female Shavee

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 28, 2018

This month, 17-year-old Flannery sat down in the barber’s chair for the seventh time in her young life. She doesn’t have a personal story of childhood cancer or a connection – she shaves and fundraises for research because it’s the right thing to do.

Flannery excited about shaving

Flannery grins during her shave on March 15 at the Matt Denny’s Ale House event in Arcadia, California.

When Flannery was 9 years old, she shaved her head with St. Baldrick’s for the very first time. She doesn’t remember being scared or nervous as the stylist snipped off her long ponytail.

“I just remember being really, really excited and feeling my head after and being really happy,” she said.

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Events and Fundraisers

Mom Shaves in Memory of ‘Brave, Beautiful’ Daughter With Neuroblastoma

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 21, 2018
Leanne, Ava and Addalyn

Leanne gives Ava a kiss on her peach-fuzz head, while her baby sister, Addalyn, giggles.

It turns out that being bald is an instant conversation starter. Leanne, who just recently shaved with St. Baldrick’s, loves it.

“It’s very empowering,” she said. “Honestly, it hasn’t even been a week yet and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked about my hair. It just opens the door for conversation and I love that, because I love talking about my daughter.”

Her daughter’s name was Ava  – Ava the brave, bald and beautiful.

Ava

Ava showed an independent streak as soon as she could sit up by herself. “I’ve never seen anything like it. She just really was her own person,” her mom said.

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