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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was the ultimate showdown — the first Battle of the Bald between colleges to see who could raise the most money for lifesaving childhood cancer research. Now, the dust has settled and the results are in!
First place: Delta Tau Delta at Kennesaw State University
First prize goes to the Iota Theta chapter of Delta Tau Delta at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, for their long-running Greeks Go Bald event. Held at a local mall to involve the whole community, the event raised a mind-blowing $33,042 in a mere two months.
Sometimes, a VEO needs a little direction, like a freshman without a map on the first day of class. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are five tips to get you started on organizing the best head-shaving event your campus has ever seen.
1. Get a little help from your friends
Know someone who’s majoring in accounting? There’s your treasurer! How about a communications major? They can help you advertise your event! As they say, teamwork makes the dream work — plus, what’s better than working with friends?
Jeremy Edwards moved from Maryland to Hawaii in 2010. When he learned Hawaii had never had a St. Baldrick’s event, he decided to do something about it. Read on to learn more about Hawaii’s first St. Baldrick’s event, the man behind its success, and the reason he keeps it going every year.
Jeremy with his wife, Katey; his daughter, Lily; and his son, Owen. They all shaved at last year’s Honolulu event. Jeremy’s daughter, Claire (not pictured), volunteered at the event and cut her hair.
Lynne Stiefler has been part of the childhood cancer world for over 30 years, and she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Read on to learn how she’s giving children with cancer something to smile about.
Lynne sits with Honored Kid Amanda at a St. Baldrick’s event.
She’s a retired pediatric oncology nurse with 29 years of experience under her belt. Her husband has been through two bouts with cancer. She has been involved with St. Baldrick’s for nine years, has been a shavee℠ for seven, and has been organizing the Mickey Finn’s event in Victor, New York, for four.
She doesn’t think it’s enough.
Kids are at the heart of everything St. Baldrick’s does, including our events. Our Honored Kids and their families are the faces of the fight and we gain strength and inspiration from their stories. But how do you honor them at your event? Here are five ideas to get you started.
1. Give them a rock star welcome
Rent a limo, roll out the red carpet — give your Honored Kids the star treatment! If the child is in a wheelchair, decorate it to the hilt. Pump up the crowd before they come in the door. Throw confetti, drop balloons and wave signs — they deserve it.
From the Northeast to the Southwest: The Whitney family loved St. Baldrick’s so much, they brought it with them across the country. Read on to learn why.When 11-year-old Jack and 9-year-old Mason learned they were moving from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Houston, Texas, they were a little bit anxious — but not for the reasons you might think.
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