A Moment of Peace and Gratitude With Song

by Katie Vescelus
November 21, 2013


Matthias was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a childhood cancer of the eye, when he was an infant.

Matthias was diagnosed with cancer when he was just 3 months old, so we had all of the normal challenges of a baby compounded by him being sick.

Matthias never took a pacifier. He had a wicked gag reflex, so we had to find other ways to soothe him. Music became his pacifier, and we relied on it heavily.

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The Grandparents

by Douglas Cochrane
September 8, 2013


St. Baldrick’s Ambassador Matthias with his Grandfather

Being a grandparent is one of the greatest joys of my life. I love hearing from our children as they share the joys, trials and even the challenges and difficulties of raising their own children.

My wife and I are blessed with 14 beautiful, uniquely wonderful grandchildren. We all like to think that we don’t have favorites, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that my buddy Matthias has a very special place in my heart.

My journey with childhood cancer began with a telephone call almost 5 years ago. The call is indelibly seared into my memories as one of the most distressing moments of my life.

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Meet 10 Strong: Ten Moms Shave for Kids with Cancer Foundation

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 17, 2013


Top row (L-R): Trisha, Beth, TeNeil, Misshay, Ericka
Bottom row: Jessica, Renee, Stephanie, Vanessa, Jordan
Photos by Ali Parker Photography

Meet 10 Strong.

Each one of these moms has heard the words, “Your child has cancer.” Their kids’ cancer journeys brought them to the 10th floor of the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. There in the halls of the pediatric oncology unit, friendship grew. Stronger together, they became 10 Strong.

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$4 Million Raised for Childhood Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 20, 2013

Matthias, St. Baldrick’s 2013 Ambassador, heard something big was coming and he is now excited to help us announce that the St. Baldrick’s community has raised more than $4 million for childhood cancer research!

His parents, Katie and Craig, send their thanks for supporting kids like their son and giving them hope for a healthy future.

“Kids should be out living their lives, not fighting for them. St. Baldrick’s has such dedicated volunteers, and it is so amazing that they have raised so much money already. Being a family fighting cancer is very isolating, and St. Baldrick’s donors and volunteers send a collective message that these families are not alone and people care.”

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Kids with Cancer

Meet Matthias

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 10, 2013

Diagnosed with retinoblastoma in both eyes at 3 ½ months old, Matthias had six months of chemotherapy, monthly laser and cryo-therapies, and Exams Under Anesthesia. Near the end of treatment, his main tumors started growing again and there were more seed tumors – too many to count. Matthias’s eyes were removed before his first birthday.


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