Head-Shaving

Be Bold and Go Bald: Tech Executive Shaves for Kids’ Cancer Research

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 22, 2017

When it came time to shave off her dark bob for kids’ cancer research, IBM executive Diana Kelley didn’t give it a second thought. Neither did her tech company colleagues. In fact, they cheered her on! Read on for more about Diana and why she shaved for childhood cancer research. (And heads up, St. Baldrick’s will be introducing a new campaign called Tech Tackles Cancer — a global initiative that unites tech companies worldwide to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Stay tuned!)

Diana shaves

Diana shaves alongside her partner at a global information security conference last month in San Francisco.

As a global security executive at IBM, Diana Kelley is used to making big decisions.

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Fundraising Tips

5 Ways to Use Facebook to Increase Your Fundraising

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 15, 2017

Facebook can be used for more than sharing cute animal videos. It’s a great tool to share your fundraising page, ask for donations, and recruit friends to join you!

Facebook and st baldricks

Here are our five favorite tips for using Facebook to increase your fundraising:

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Families

Chef, Shavee, Survivor: Petey’s Story

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 14, 2017

Childhood cancer survivor and budding chef, Petey Miceli, celebrates 5 years cancer free and recognizes Pi Day — the day we celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — by sharing his story, along with his famous pizza pie recipe. (Pi Day is today, March 14 or 3.14 — get it? See, math can be fun! And delicious.)

Petey with his famous pizza

Petey shows off his handcrafted pizza pies.

For 13-year-old Petey Miceli, his passion for cooking all started with an egg — and childhood cancer.

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Kids with Cancer

Happy Mario Day from Ambassador Benny!

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 10, 2017

It’s Mario time! Today is March 10, otherwise known as Mar10 — Mario Day! (Get it??) We are celebrating the famous pixelated plumber with Ambassador Benny, an avid gamer and Mario’s number one fan. Ready to read on? Let’s-a go!

Benny Mario Wii games

Benny displays his expansive collection of Wii U games. He loves games where he can battle one of his friends or where he gets to be Mario, which is called a role playing game.

Benny was just 5 years old when he first encountered Mario, the mustachioed, pot-bellied hero in the monogrammed red hat who rescues princesses and destroys evil-doers in the wildly popular Nintendo game series Super Mario Brothers.

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Head-Shaving

Bold, Bald, and Beautiful: High School Senior Shaves for Kids With Cancer

by Emma Simon
March 8, 2017

Emma used to dream of being a superhero. Now, the 17-year-old is making her dreams come true by shaving her 22 inches of hair to help fund childhood cancer research. Read on to find out how Emma is encouraging all women to be bold for change this International Women’s Day.

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In first grade, my best friend and I created a game called Superheroes.

Our “superhuman” job was to walk around the playground and pick up litter. We loved it because we got to be superheroes and we were helping people.

As you can probably guess, I have never been the most “popular” girl in school.

In fact, I was bullied quite a bit throughout grade school and middle school.

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Events and Fundraisers

Donate Your Hair in 5 Easy Steps

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 3, 2017

Thinking about donating your hair? We can help!

Woman holding a ponytail of hair at a St. Baldrick's event

We know a thing or two about hair.

At St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events, shavees℠ raise money for childhood cancer research by pledging to shave their heads in support of cancer patients, who often lose their hair during treatment.

Find out how you can help fund lifesaving childhood cancer research now >

We don’t collect hair donations, but volunteers are welcome to shave their heads at St. Baldrick’s events and donate their hair to another organization. It’s a great way to help two charities at once, and you can do it all in five easy steps!

Not ready to rock a bald head? You can still donate your hair AND help find cures for kids with cancer with a Do What You Want fundraiser.

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Head-Shaving

Tom & Keira: Fighting Fires and Childhood Cancer Together

by Lauren Feller, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 2, 2017

When Tom agreed to shave his head for the first time, he was simply doing it to help fund childhood cancer research. Then, Tom met Honored Kid Keira, and his decision to shave for St. Baldrick’s took on a whole new meaning.

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Honored Kid and Honorary Firefighter Keira poses with her custom-made helmet at the O’Fallon fire station.

Tom is a local firefighter in O’Fallon, Missouri. Keira is an 11-year-old girl currently undergoing treatment for a type of childhood cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.

And the two of them are the best of friends.

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Head-Shaving

Why Our Honored Families Love St. Baldrick’s Shavees

by Lauren Feller, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 24, 2017

It’s no secret — here at St. Baldrick’s, we adore our amazing shavees℠ and everything they do to help fund childhood cancer research. We couldn’t do it without them! And we’re not the only ones who feel that way — read on to find out why our Honored Families and Ambassadors love St. Baldrick’s shavees.

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Advocacy

February’s Advocate of the Month: Wendy Baskins

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 22, 2017

Need some monthly inspiration? We’ve got it! Each month we will be highlighting one of our heroes right here on the blog. Without further ado, say hello to our first Advocate of the Month: Wendy Baskins. Wendy never backs down from a fight — just like her son, Stephen, who battled cancer three times. Read on for more about Stephen, what he taught her, and why Wendy fights for families facing childhood cancer.

Wendy shaves

Wendy wears a big grin as she goes bald for childhood cancer research during the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave event. Courtesy of Cassell Photography

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That is one of the many things Wendy Baskins learned from her son, Stephen.

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Survivors

‘Our Own Little Valentine’s Day’: Ambassador Sarah’s Wedding Story

by Sarah Rostock
February 14, 2017

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, your favorite lovebirds are back – 2012 Ambassador Sarah and her honey Patrick. You remember how it all began, almost 10 years ago – boy meets girl, girl fights cancer with boy by her side, boy pops the question. Now read on for the happiest of happy endings.

Sarah and Patrick on their wedding day

Photos courtesy of Chelsie Darling Photography

Patrick and I tied the knot on October 29, 2016. It started like any other good day, with Starbucks and reflection.

I kept thinking, ‘I am about to marry the man who had loved me through it all — through long distances, relapse, transplant, recovery, and finishing my degree. He has never failed to love me.’

I had no fears about our marriage standing the test of time, because we had already been through so much together. Our wedding day had been more than nine years in the making – and what a day it was!

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