Do What You Want

Should I Shave My Head? [QUIZ]

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 16, 2017

To shave your head or not to shave, that is your question. Well, we’re here to help! Dive into our handy dandy flowchart to get the answers you seek — and help kids with cancer at the same time.

Should I Shave My Head

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5 Reasons to Start a Head-Shaving Event [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 26, 2017

Do you like throwing parties? Do you want to make a difference for kids with cancer? We do, too! Join St. Baldrick’s and throw the ultimate shindig for good — a head-shaving event. Read on for five reasons to organize your own amazing event this year.

Woman shaving head for cancer at St. Baldrick's event

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St. Baldrick’s 2017 Event Registration Is Open [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 12, 2017

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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Meet Your 2016 Battle of the Bald Champion

by Lauren Feller, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 15, 2016

37 events, thousands of participants, and over $235,000 raised for childhood cancer research — it’s safe to say the ultimate college head-shaving showdown had a successful second season. But who came out on top in this year’s Battle of the Bald? The results are in — read more to find out!

2016 Battle of the Bald event at UCSC

All images courtesy of Laurie Aiello

With her son Grant in her lap, her father getting shaved in the seat next to her, and her daughter helping guide the razor, Katrina Learned’s head-shave became more than a fundraiser — it was a moving family moment.

Katrina was the top fundraiser at the event, raising just over $14,000 for childhood cancer research and helping propel the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute event to the top of the charts for the second annual Battle of the Bald.

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14 Years of Excellence: LAFD and LAPD Go Bald For Kids With Cancer [PHOTO ESSAY]

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 20, 2016

In March, one of our longest running head-shaving events — a collaboration between the Los Angeles Fire and Police Departments — returned for the 14th year in a row. Read on to learn about the VEOs behind the event and to see some fun photos along the way.

Young boy getting his head shaved

It all started back in 2003.

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The Force Is Strong With This One: Ian’s Story

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 4, 2016

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away — well, all right, recently in South Dakota — there lived an Honored Kid named Ian. He was a Star Wars fan and a fighter, with a heart of gold and the soul of a Jedi master. In honor of Star Wars Day, we’re bringing you his incredible story. As Ian would love to say in celebration of today, May the Fourth be with you always.

Ian shows of his Jedi robes and lightsaber

Dressed in Jedi robes and armed with his lightsaber, Ian gets ready to save the galaxy.

Honored Kid Ian had the heart of a Jedi.

The young Star Wars fan fought valiantly against an evil foe while always thinking of others ahead of himself. He even had a lightsaber, Jedi robes and some really cool moves.

“He’s my role model,” said his dad, Rob. “I still try and strive, but the things he knew and the things he did — it was pretty amazing.”

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Kids Helping Kids: An Elementary School Head-Shaving Event [PHOTO ESSAY]

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 30, 2016

What happens when kids get together to help other kids with cancer? A lot of heads get shaved! Check out these photos from Chatfield Elementary School — they’re bound to make you smile.

Chatfield Elementary School student getting shaved

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Fundraising Tips

The Four Pillars of a Successful Fundraising Event

by Robbie Tiffin
March 8, 2016

Organizing a head-shaving event is a big job, as Volunteer Event Organizer (VEO) Robbie Tiffin knows. So he created a plan to help his event succeed — and it worked. Robbie shares his secrets for a extraordinary event below.

Robbie Tiffin and his son at event

Robbie and his son, Micah, smile with full heads of hair just before their shave.

It was October 13, and our VEO had sent an email to our team sharing that he was unable to organize our next St. Baldrick’s event. That was the bad news.

The good news? I was ready to step in.

Our event had been pretty successful in the past, but I didn’t want it to be just another “rinse and repeat.” We owed it to the kids to make this event bigger and better than ever.

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Five Years With St. Baldrick’s: A Journey of Passion [PHOTO ESSAY]

by Casie Shimansky
January 25, 2016

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But what about the photographer’s words behind the picture? Casie Shimansky has been shooting St. Baldrick’s events since 2011, and she shares how her passion has grown, what fuels her fundraising fire, and how her life has changed since she got involved.

Casie and friend

To be honest, I’m not even sure I knew what passion was until St. Baldrick’s found me.

The year was 2011. It was an ordinary day in Florida — bright, sunny, warm — as I drove my Mini Cooper south to the town of Melbourne, not knowing that within hours, my life would change.

A few months back, I’d gotten a call from a man named Garrett. He told me about a little event he wanted to put together for a childhood cancer foundation called St. Baldrick’s. As he told me about the children with cancer and the money we’d raise for research, I said yes.

It was a no brainer. Whatever they needed, I’d be there.

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Humble Beginnings Yield a Grand Award: Celebrating Jim Brady’s Irish Pub

by Avis Matsuda, St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 19, 2016

Three cheers for the birthplace of St. Baldrick’s, Jim Brady’s Irish Pub! Read on to see how the Manhattan eatery won a special award — and why we’re so excited about it.

Smiling Woman Head Shaving

This is where it all began.

Sixteen years ago, three men walked into their favorite Irish pub in Manhattan on St. Patrick’s Day and turned their annual party into an event to raise money for kids with cancer. The rest, as they say, is history.

But let’s rewind to a few months before that when the owner of Jim Brady’s Irish Pub was approached by reinsurance executives John Bender, Enda McDonnell and Tim Kenny with a crazy idea: to shave their heads at the pub for this good cause.

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