Families

For All the Moms Missing Their Babies on Mother’s Day

by Robyn Raphael, Director of Corporate Relations
May 8, 2016

For Robyn, Mother’s Day has never been the same since she lost her son Keaton to neuroblastoma 18 years ago. Read on for a special message she has for the other moms who share her pain on Mother’s Day.

Keaton and Robyn by flowers

Robyn embraces Keaton in the backyard.

It was an early November morning after 22 hours of labor when I looked into the most beautiful brown eyes I had ever seen.

At that moment, I knew my life had changed forever. We named him Keaton and he was going to make his mark in this world.

As Keaton took his first breath, I never in my wildest nightmares imagined I would witness his last.

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Families

Dear Mom, Thank You for Always Being There for Me

by Sarah Swaim
May 7, 2016

2012 Ambassador Sarah’s childhood cancer journey was nothing less than difficult. But through it all, she had the constant support from her mom. Read Sarah’s sweet letter to her mom for Mother’s Day.

Sarah and her mom at a St. Baldrick's event

Sarah was diagnosed with biphenotypic leukemia in August 2003.

Dear Mom,

Where do I even begin to thank you for all you have given and done for me? To be honest, it’s a little daunting.

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Families

We Survived Together: A Letter to My Mom on Mother’s Day

by Emily Magilnick
May 6, 2016

2013 Ambassador Emily is living it up in the Big Apple as a student at New York University. Meanwhile, her mom is on the other side of the country in California. Despite the distance, Emily made sure her mom is feeling loved for Mother’s Day — read Emily’s touching letter below.

Emily and her mom together

Emily and her mom have a close relationship.

Dear Mom,

First off, happy Mother’s Day! I love you so much, which I hope you already know. I hope you can understand how difficult it is for me to write this letter because you (and Dad and Max) mean more to me than everything in the world.

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Families

What Being a Mother Means to This Cancer Mom

by Stephanie Driscoll
May 6, 2016

2013 Ambassador Avery has been fighting a brain tumor since she was 8. Her mom, Stephanie, has been by her side every step of the way. Read what Stephanie has to say about how childhood cancer has changed her job as a mom.

The Driscoll Family at Disneyland

Stephanie smiles with her husband and four children on a recent trip to Disneyland.

I always wanted to be a mom, and I have always taken my role as a mother to heart. But now, I’m an advocate for my kids, too.

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Families

Clinical Trials and a ‘Can Do’ Attitude: An Update on Ambassador Avery

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 4, 2016

2013 Ambassador Avery has had one wild ride during her childhood cancer experience. Read an update on how she’s keeping her “can do” attitude throughout her relapse, clinical trial, and everything in between.

Avery was one of five St. Baldrick's Ambassadors for 2013.

While news of a brain tumor might stop some people from having a positive outlook on life, that’s not the case for 2013 Ambassador Avery.

“Some people get cancer and others don’t,” she said. “This is just what I have to deal with.”

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Families

Celebrating Mother’s Day Every Day

by Nicole Root
May 10, 2015

Nicole’s son Miles passed away last March, after fighting medulloblastoma and persevering bravely through a host of other challenges for four years. As Mother’s Day approaches, Nicole contemplates what the holiday — and every day with her boys — means to her.

Nicole with her husband and four boys.

The Root family sits for a portrait.

Sunday is Mom’s Day. That’s what is noted on the calendar. We see it advertised everywhere and acknowledge it as a day to honor our mothers. We will do the same next month for dads.

To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t really noticed until about two weeks ago when our grief counselor reminded me.

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Families

And Mom, I’ll Love You Always

by Ellie Ewoldt
May 7, 2015

We talk a lot about the parents of children with cancer, but they’re not the only ones whose roles take on new meaning when their child is diagnosed. Ambassador Chase’s mom, Ellie, gives thanks to her mom, Chase’s “Grammie,” for the way she’s loved and supported their whole family through childhood cancer and all of life’s ups and downs.

Chase sits with his grandmother in the hospital

As a mother, from the first moment you hold your child — no, from the first moments you know they’re expected — you seek to protect them. You carry them and love them and do everything you can from first breath to stand between them and the hurt and pain in the world.

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Families

A Bittersweet Mother’s Day

by Lori Del Vecchio
May 5, 2015

Lori Del Vecchio is the mother of two boys and a girl, Emily, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2011. Emily passed away a couple days before Mother’s Day just a year later. With the holiday on the horizon, Lori reflects on how Mother’s Day has changed.

Lori with her children.

Lori with her two sons and Emily during the little girl’s Make a Wish trip.

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Families

Dear Mom, Thank You for Being My Hero

by Avery D.
May 1, 2015

When 2013 Ambassador Avery was diagnosed with a brain tumor, her mom was her biggest support. Now 12 and two years post-treatment, Avery shares her sweet letter to her mom for Mother’s Day.

Avery and her mom while Avery was in treatment for childhood cancer
Dear Mom,

I love you because you love me.

Thank you for teaching me how to sew, taking me to piano and helping me when I had cancer. You are the best mom in the world.

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Events and Fundraisers

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Give the Gift of Children’s Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 1, 2014

The best Mother’s Day gifts come from the heart. This year, give Mom something that says “I love you more than all the flowers in the world.” Give her the gift of children’s cancer research.

Make a donation to St. Baldrick’s and then print one of three special Mother’s Day cards that let your mom know just how much she means to you. Personalize it with your own message or just sign your name and deliver it with a hug — no postage required.

Preview the cards in the images below, right-click on the link of your favorite one to save the PDF file, and print it on your favorite card stock to let Mom know you’re giving her a gift that gives back to countless families.

If you’re looking for more of a homemade touch, card 4 features a design painted by Honored Kid Aubrey.

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