Events and Fundraisers

Mom Shaves in Memory of ‘Brave, Beautiful’ Daughter With Neuroblastoma

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 21, 2018
Leanne, Ava and Addalyn

Leanne gives Ava a kiss on her peach-fuzz head, while her baby sister, Addalyn, giggles.

It turns out that being bald is an instant conversation starter. Leanne, who just recently shaved with St. Baldrick’s, loves it.

“It’s very empowering,” she said. “Honestly, it hasn’t even been a week yet and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked about my hair. It just opens the door for conversation and I love that, because I love talking about my daughter.”

Her daughter’s name was Ava  – Ava the brave, bald and beautiful.

Ava

Ava showed an independent streak as soon as she could sit up by herself. “I’ve never seen anything like it. She just really was her own person,” her mom said.

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Events and Fundraisers

8 Fundraising Tips From an Eight-Time Shavee

by Karen Jahn Palmieri
February 22, 2018

As a cancer survivor, Karen knows that having cancer is a terrifying experience for an adult. She doesn’t want kids to go through what she did — that’s why she’s shaved eight times and raised thousands of dollars for kids’ cancer research! But how does she raise the big bucks year after year? Read on for 8 tips from the veteran shavee℠ herself …

Karen after her shave

A mom and cancer survivor, Karen has shaved for St. Baldrick’s for eight years.

1. Make it easy for people to donate: When I send out emails, I always include the link to my St. Baldrick’s participant page. I also make fliers and mail out over 200 of them — and every single one includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope, so no one has to look for an envelope and stamp to send a check back to me.

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Head-Shaving

St. Baldrick’s 2018 Event Registration Is Open [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 4, 2018

That’s right — it’s time to take the plunge and register for a St. Baldrick’s event!

Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer.

YOU can make a difference for these kids.

Be a part of the world’s largest volunteer-powered charity for childhood cancer research. Get involved with a St. Baldrick’s event today!

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Why I Give

Your Donation to a Shavee Matters, and Here’s Why

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 3, 2018

Someone you know is shaving their head for childhood cancer research and is asking YOU for a donation. But why should you give?

Why donate to St. Baldrick's for childhood cancer research?

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Families

Hazel is Cancer Free Because of Research [VIDEO]

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 6, 2017

When Honored Kid Hazel H. relapsed, there was no clear path forward. There was no tried-and-true roadmap to survival. There was no cure. But now, spunky, precocious little Hazel is cancer free for the second time. How? Three words that bring kids with cancer and their families hope – childhood cancer research.

Hazel after her first diagnosis with cancer

Diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013, Hazel relapsed after two and a half years cancer free. Now, in a turn of events rare for kids with relapsed neuroblastoma, she’s cancer free once again.

It was the summer of 2016 when Hazel and her family went on vacation to Yosemite National Park. For once, they were all together – Lauren and Aaron, plus the five kids: Micah, Elizabeth, Hazel, Jonah and Zoe. It felt normal. Like a regular family vacation.

For some families that might sound typical, like something every family does every summer. But to this family – which had spent the past few years in and out of hospitals, making life-or-death decisions – typical was wonderful. It was a strange, unfamiliar kind of bliss.

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Families

Family Boosts Kids’ Cancer Research in Honor of Daughter [VIDEO]

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 23, 2017

Ever since Joe and Erin Martorano’s daughter Sara was diagnosed with childhood cancer, St. Baldrick’s has been part of the family. From shaving to organizing events and starting a St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund, they’ve done it all. Read on to find out why.

the Martorano family

The Martorano family smiles together during Sara’s treatment for cancer. From left to right: Anna, Erin, Mary, Joe and Sara.

Joe Martorano first shaved his head with St. Baldrick’s in 2008, alongside his colleagues at the Chicago Police Department. He didn’t have a direct connection to childhood cancer at the time. Fundraising for kids’ cancer research just seemed like the right thing to do.

Later that year, that would all change.

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Families

Surviving After Five Years: The Secret Truth of Long-Term Survivorship

by Alyson Weissman
August 21, 2017

Alyson Weissman is a dedicated St. Baldrick’s shavee℠, a member of the 46 Mommas and the founder of a St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund which raises crucial funds for lifesaving research. Why does she do so much? Because Alyson is also the parent of a cancer survivor. Read on for more about what being a survivor really means, how she conquers fear and why she works so hard to fund kids’ cancer research.

Jared holds his mom's hand as she shaves

Alyson shaves her head with St. Baldrick’s as her son holds her hand.

My son Jared was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2007. This year, in July, he will be a nine-year cancer survivor.

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Families

Going Bald and Getting Inked: Family Goes All in for Their Little Girl

by Avis Matsuda, St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 27, 2017

When people say good things come in small packages, they must be talking about Honored Kid Gabriella. Read on to find out more about this pint-sized inspiration and how her family is showing their love not only for her, but also for other kids with cancer.

Gabriella with her sisters and mom

Gabriella with her sisters and mom, Jennifer. From left to right:  Sophia, Adriana, Gabriella, Jennifer, and Sabella.

There’s something very special about Gabriella. Behind her contagious laugh and love for cracking jokes is deep compassion for others far beyond her seven years. This gift gives Gabriella the ability to inspire and touch the hearts of all who know her.

But it wasn’t always that way.

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Families

From the Balance Beam to the Barber’s Chair: Juliana’s Story

by Juliana Abraham
July 6, 2017

Whether on the mat or under the clippers, Honored Kid Juliana lives with passion — and a brain tumor will never take that away from her. Learn more about Juliana, her diagnosis and its impact, and why she shaved her head for kids like her.

Juliana doing gymnastics

Juliana competes at a gymnastics championship before her diagnosis.

Growing up, I was active and always full of energy. To fuel my need for excitement, my parents enrolled me in gymnastics. I soon discovered that gymnastics was my calling. After winning many state titles and high-level regional and national titles, I was on my way to becoming a USA Gymnastics Elite gymnast.

In May of 2015, I started having difficulties with my vision and balance.

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Do What You Want

A Home Run for Kids’ Cancer Research: Adam’s MLB Road Trip

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

What goes together like hot summer days and peanuts? Like the smell of freshly cut grass and the crack of a bat? Like catchy jingles and the 7th inning stretch? Baseball and St. Baldrick’s, of course! Meet Adam, the 12-year-old baseball fan behind a unique fundraiser for kids’ cancer research.

Adam watching a Yankees game

Adam watches his favorite team, the New York Yankees, play at Yankee Stadium.

For as long as he can remember, Adam has loved baseball. He started playing tee-ball as a tyke and now plays third base, which is the perfect fit for his lightning reflexes and strong throwing arm.

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