This decade brought us the moon landing, JFK, and bell bottoms. It also was the decade that first used multi-drug chemotherapy regimens to treat childhood leukemia. The 1960s were a long time ago, but the treatment for ALL has remained virtually unchanged since then. The children diagnosed today need drugs that are different from the drugs used to treat their grandparents, but that is exactly what doctors are forced to use today--60 year old drugs.
After one mother shaved with the 46 mommas and saw first hand how St. Baldricks has made a difference, this fund was created. Knowing that they are stronger together, these mothers work to fund research and improve those 60 year old options. Read what each one says about their little heroes.
"Connor is an energetic, happy, and smart little boy who, at 3 years old, had just gotten home from a wonderful trip to Disneyland when he was diagnosed with leukemia. We went from "the happiest place on earth" to the scariest after noticing a paleness to Connors little body and it covered in bruises. He has remained strong in spirit and is an inspiration to many as he tackles his 3 and half years of treatment. His resiliency and outlook on life are something to be admired. He seems so much older than he actually is because of all that he has been through at such a young age but he is still a little boy who loves Pokemon, Minecraft and Power Rangers. We look forward to this Christmas Eve when Connor will take his last dose of chemo."
"Cassidy was diagnosed at the age of 5 with ALL. She had been in perfect health prior to this and it came as it does to most, as a complete shock. She has lived in fear for the last year of pokes and prods by the healthcare providers she is supposed to trust and love but in her eyes they only want to hurt her. We remind her that they are only trying to help her get better. She is now six and is finally starting to understand it all. We are finally adjusting as a family to this new life. One year down and two to go. Cassidy is our same sweet girl but there is a sadness that she fights and will win."
"Makenna loves Girl Scouts, rock climbing, gymnastics, cooking, and camping. On October 8th 2015, 10 days before her 8th birthday, her family's world got turned upside down when Makenna was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Two weeks later they found at that the genetic make up of her leukemia would make it harder to treat than the doctors originally thought. After 10 months of intense chemo, she is now in the maintenance portion of her treatment and is able to go back to school and to the activities she loves. As Makenna likes to say, she looks forward to a time when "they can give you a shot to prevent cancer from ever happening."
"Caroline was diagnosed with pre-b cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on October 26, 2016. Caroline is undergoing a 2.5 chemotherapy treatment protocol. Throughout this arduous journey, Caroline has constantly amazed with her smiles, her faith, her hope and her loving nature."
"Hannah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on December 25, 2015, when she was just 14-months-old. She began chemotherapy immediately and will continue treatment until March 2018. From the beginning, Hannah has been incredibly resilient and brave. She is quick to smile at the nurse that just stuck a needle in her chest to access her port and warmly accepts a hug from the doctor that just poked and prodded her during an examination. Hannah has experienced so much more hardship than most adults in her short 2 years on this earth, yet continues to exude a joyful spirit. Hannah has responded well to treatment thus far, and has experienced very few side effects. We are hopeful this will continue and that, someday soon, Hannah will be completely healed from this terrible disease."
Every child has a story. Every diagnosis was a shock and has had a lifelong effect on the children and families involved. We may not change the course of treatment for our children but we hope to change the story of those yet to be diagnosed. It is because of ALL children, that this fund was created.
Donations given to A.L.L. Heroes go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund lifesaving childhood cancer research around the world. The Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.
These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of A.L.L. Heroes. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers and more to make childhood cancer research possible.
Start your own St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money on behalf of our Hero Fund! You’ll be paired with a staff member who will walk you through every step of the process, and you’ll have fun knowing you’re doing a great thing for kids with cancer.
Register to shave your head and raise money for our Hero Fund at any St. Baldrick’s event happening around the world! Not finding an event near you? Register as a virtual shavee and shave your head anytime, anywhere.