Head-Shaving

High school girl shaves her head for kids with cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 21, 2013

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By Sarah H., St. Baldrick’s Shavee

Something BIG just happened in my life.

On February 16, I shaved my head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, in order to promote solidarity between kids with cancer and people without, to raise money for a cure, and to be a “walking billboard” for the cause!

This isn’t just any kind of fundraiser. This is me asking for any donation you may be able to give, to help save a kid’s LIFE. To help find a cure for an ugly disease that doesn’t have the right to take as many people as it does.

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Kathleen’s Desk

Introducing the St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2012 Annual Report

by Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 18, 2013

Dear Friends,

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In an era of scarcity and widespread disagreement about the proper role of government in the lives of its citizens, one thing is clear:

Governments around the world, for reasons mainly economic, are reducing funding for childhood cancer research.

In the United States, four decades after the official start of the War on Cancer, the fight is far from over. In fact, for young people, new challenges arise all the time:

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Kathleen’s Desk

My heart broke on Valentine’s Day

by Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 15, 2013

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Justin’s cancer is back for the 6th time.

For those of you who haven’t met Justin Miller yet, you’re missing out. He’s our friend, Ambassador, and all around inspiration, and he’s only 9 years old. Justin has been fighting cancer for 2/3 of his life. He doesn’t remember life without cancer.

Sickeningly, I’ve pondered what that must be like…I definitely wouldn’t be as strong as Justin, nor would my faith be. When Justin learned of his latest relapse, Justin told his Mom, “The cancer won’t win as long as I have the three goods.” She asked him what the three goods were and he replied:

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Kids with Cancer

Justin’s year in the fight against neuroblastoma

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 21, 2012

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By Lori Miller, mother to Justin, the childhood cancer fighting ninja and 2012 Ambassador Kid

As I sit here and reflect on our last year, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with an extreme range of emotions. I can truthfully admit I wasn’t sure if Justin would be here this Christmas, not that I didn’t have hope and not that I didn’t think he could prevail, but because we didn’t have any treatment options available to us. Justin had multiple relapses, weakened bone marrow, low platelets and an ANC that was consistently low. We mustered through each day over the last holiday season, put a smile on our faces and prayed for something to turn up. Justin wasn’t ready to give up; I wasn’t ready to give up.

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Kids with Cancer

Justin Miller on the Stand Up To Cancer Red Carpet [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 12, 2012

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By Lori Miller, mother to Justin, St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2012 Ambassador Kid and Childhood Cancer Fighting Ninja

First and foremost, I want to thank the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer for allowing us to represent the collaboration of these two organizations on the Stand Up To Cancer Broadcast last Friday evening. We were proud to represent our beautiful ANGEL friends, our fellow cancer fighters, and those who will be following us in the future. We need cures now and the time is now, especially during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to stand up and tell the world about childhood cancer.

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Do What You Want

Climb for Five: Mount Elbrus

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 8, 2012

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In late 2009, Patrick McCarrick, long-time St. Baldrick’s volunteer and shavee, decided to do something that would inspire people to join him in the fight to conquer childhood cancers. He established Climb for Five (C45) – a team with a mission to summit the highest peaks on each of the continents while raising funds and awareness for life-saving childhood cancer research. Since then, the C45 Team has climbed Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010 and Washington state’s Mount Rainier in 2011.

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Kids with Cancer

Results from Justin’s MIBG Therapy: The Cancer is Gone!

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 3, 2012
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Photo by Rachel Kemble Photography

Written by Lori Miller whose son, Justin, recently underwent an up-and-coming therapy to fight childhood cancer for the fifth time. Justin is a St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2012 Ambassador Kid.

Sit down for this one…are you sitting? The cancer is gone! None, zero, zip…gone! I am still slightly surprised, definitely pleasantly surprised, but still reeling in the adrenaline of the news. We are beyond thrilled!

When the doctor called to give us the scan results, he said there was good news and bad news. The good news: there was no sign of cancer on the MIBG scan, the MRI and the CT scans – none. They were all pleasantly surprised. The bad news: they didn’t have a plan for Justin. Since there is no cancer present, he can’t do another round of MIBG therapy and without active cancer he is excluded from other studies as well.

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Kids with Cancer

Justin Starts MIBG Therapy Today [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 15, 2012
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As many of you know, Justin, St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2012 Ambassador Kid, is battling childhood cancer for the fifth time. His family has decided to move forward with MIBG therapy, an up-and-coming treatment for advanced-stage neuroblastoma. He started this therapy today at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

MIBG is a form of radiation therapy that is safer than traditional radiation because it can deliver the radiation directly to the tumor. This means that all other healthy tissues in his body will receive minimal exposure.

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Kids with Cancer

Justin’s MIBG Therapy

by Lori Miller
May 15, 2012

Follow Justin’s four-day experience with MIBG therapy, an up-and-coming treatment for advanced-stage neuroblastoma. This therapy involves radiation and requires Justin to stay in a lead-lined room, alone, until his radioactive levels have lowered. Justin is battling childhood cancer for the fifth time and is a St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2012 Ambassador Kid. The updates below have been provided by Justin’s mother, Lori.

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Families

“HERO”

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 20, 2012
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Kelly and her brother, Justin. Rachel Kemble Photography

A story written by Kelly shortly before her brother, Justin, a St. Baldrick’s 2012 Ambassador, was diagnosed with childhood cancer for the fifth time.

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