Researcher Spotlight: Meet Dr. Dan Wechsler

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 8, 2016

Dr. Dan Wechsler is one really busy — and sometimes bald — pediatric oncologist. Read on for more about this hardworking St. Baldrick’s researcher and everything he’s doing to help kids with cancer.

Dr. Dan Wechsler gets shaved at a St. Baldrick's event

Dr. Dan Wechsler goes under the clippers with a little help from a friend.

Dr. Dan Wechsler admits that he doesn’t get much sleep.

Working at Duke University Medical Center as chief of pediatric hematology-oncology, Dr. Wechsler is also a St. Baldrick’s-funded researcher, a six-time shavee, a grant mentor, an event speaker, and a grant reviewer with the St. Baldrick’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

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Childhood Cancer

What Are Nanoparticles?

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

St. Baldrick’s researcher Dr. Brodeur knows that tiny things can have a big impact on cancer. He studies nanoparticles and how they can be used to deliver cancer-fighting drugs to tumors, without hurting healthy cells. Read on to learn more.

What are Nanoparticles?

Good things can come in small packages — really, really small packages.

Nanoparticles are teeny, tiny particles. How tiny? You could fit about one million nanoparticles in the period on the end of this sentence. St. Baldrick’s researcher Dr. Garrett Brodeur is studying how these tiny lab-created particles can be used to help kids with cancer.

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Announcing St. Baldrick’s 2015 Summer Grants

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 16, 2015

We have some big news that will have you jumping through the sprinkler with joy.

St. Baldrick's Foundation childhood cancer research grants

Summer has arrived and so have St. Baldrick’s Summer Grants!

Today we are awarding a whopping $21.2 million in new research grants to scientists across the globe. That’s 70 grants in 48 states and 11 countries, going to researchers making incredible gains in the fight against childhood cancer.

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BREAKING NEWS: FDA Approves Childhood Cancer Drug

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 11, 2015

We’ve got some spectacular news. Really, really big news.

The FDA Has Approved a New Childhood Cancer Treatment

In the last 20 years, only two new drugs have been approved that were specifically developed to treat children with cancer.

Yesterday, that changed. Now there are three.

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Why I Give

Couple’s Gift Leaves Legacy of Hope for Children With Cancer

by Avis Matsuda, St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 9, 2014

You can give hope to children with cancer. Get involved.

Dr. Todd Alonzo was an esteemed statistician with the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) in 2003 when the first California St. Baldrick’s events were held. He was well respected by his colleagues in the childhood cancer research arena for his expertise and knowledge.

But what would inspire this distinguished researcher to shave half his head in Southern California, fly half-shorn to Sacramento, and shave the other half there?

Todd Alonzo and Jason Alonzo with green mohawks
A brother who dyed his hair green! And a challenge to see who could raise more money for an incredible cause.

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2014 Summer Grants: A Record-Breaking Year

by Becky C. Weaver, Chief Mission Officer, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 16, 2014

It’s the biggest grants release of the year: the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Summer Grants. This year, the announcement is bigger than ever! Don’t miss the video where we surprise some of our researchers with the exciting news. To see the research St. Baldrick’s is funding near you, visit our Grants Search.


You have made 2014 a record-breaking year.

In addition to helping St. Baldrick’s break a world record for head-shaving, this year our incredible St. Baldrick’s volunteers have raised more money for childhood cancer research than ever before — an amazing feat!

All of that hard work is paying off today, as we announce our annual Summer Grants. This is our biggest grant release of the year, and 2014 is a milestone for us all, as we give over $24.7 million in children’s cancer research grants —  more than any year prior.

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These Pediatric Oncologists Weren’t Expecting This Great News [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 16, 2014

We surprised a few recipients of our 2014 Summer Grants with some exciting news — and we caught it all on video.

This is one of the most anticipated times of the year at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation: the time when we are able to turn generously given donations over to the hands of the world’s best childhood cancer researchers.

This year, we added a little twist.

We told these researchers we had one final video interview for them before we would announce our funding decisions.

Watch the video and you’ll see — we tricked them. But it was worth it.

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Thank You for Funding Childhood Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 17, 2014

At a time when the federal government is tightening its budget, childhood cancer research funding is growing increasingly scarce.

Here at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, we’re working hard to fill the funding gap — and we couldn’t do it without you.

Our dedicated grantees appreciate every hour, hair, and dollar you sacrifice to help them help kids with cancer. Here’s what some of them had to say.

'Every kid should have the opportunity to grow up and become whatever she or he wants. Thank you for helping make this simple dream come true.' Kenan Onel, M.D., Ph.D., St. Baldrick's research grant recipient

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Funding First-Rate Children’s Cancer Research With St. Baldrick’s Summer Grants

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 29, 2014


There is something more exciting than barbecues, beach balls, and sprinklers in the summertime at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Every summer, childhood cancer research grants are awarded to the best and most-promising researchers and institutions in the world — bringing us one step closer to a cure for childhood cancers.

Here’s how our grant funding cycles work:

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Kids with Cancer

Chase’s Best Shot: One Boy’s Remarkable Triumph Over Pediatric Brain Cancer

by Ellie Ewoldt
April 14, 2014

In August 2012, Chase was diagnosed with a rare and deadly pediatric brain tumor. Chase is now 4 and participating in a St. Baldrick’s-funded children’s cancer study, and his scans continue to show no evidence of disease. Chase’s mom, Ellie, shares his story.

Chase while in treatment for atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT)

Chase was diagnosed with ATRT, a type of brain cancer in children, when he was 2.

“He’s holding his head up on his own! This boy is going to be strong!”

The joyful doctor laid the small newborn baby on my chest as the oxygen raced into him and a tiny scream, that first sound, echoed in the room. This small, headstrong baby, born with so much fight, would be named Chase.

Two years, seven months, 18 days, and about 13 hours later, Chase’s older sister would run into our room in the middle of the night and tell us that Chase wouldn’t stop moving in his bed and it was keeping her awake. He wouldn’t stop because, as we quickly discovered, he couldn’t. He was having seizure.

Within minutes, I lay on an ambulance stretcher, one hand holding my headstrong baby and the other clutching an oxygen mask to his precious face.

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