In June 2014, the week after graduating preschool, Eva was on vacation at her grandparents’ house.
As usual, we were all struggling to keep up with Eva – she was busy jumping off the diving board, going on roller coasters, racing on her bike, and chasing after her big brother. We were only mildly concerned when she started complaining of headaches – chalking it up to fatigue and too much sun. A week later, Eva was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent a 7-hour craniotomy.
We learned shortly thereafter that Eva’s official diagnosis was PNET, a rare and high-grade pediatric brain tumor with relatively poor outcomes and not a lot of data regarding treatment options.
Instead of heading off to kindergarten that fall, Eva spent the next year commuting from Portland to Seattle for radiation and then relocating with her mom (leaving her beloved Dad and brother behind) to California for 8 months of aggressive chemotherapy.
We couldn’t have imagined the horrors that are the pediatric cancer journey. We also couldn’t have imagined the beauty we’d encounter along the way – the bravery, the love, the generosity, the raw emotion, and the inspiration that can be found around nearly every corner. We’ve been most inspired by our daughter and her larger-than-life spirit. But also by all the other families we’ve met who have committed themselves to improving life for kids fighting this battle. We established this Hero Fund, because we wanted to join them in this commitment – to honor Eva Jane and all the other brave kiddos fighting alongside her.
Donations given to the For Eva Jane and All the Others Fund 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 the For Eva Jane and All the Others Fund. 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.