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Hannah's Heroes

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Hannah was born in the Cayman Islands, a happy contented child who loved horse riding, swimming in the sea, reading and playing games. She had a sunny disposition with an infectious laugh that would light up any room. Sadly, her life turned upside-down in July 2012 when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. This fund was set up to honor her fight by raising awareness and funding for all childhood cancers.
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British ex-pats Gaylene and Nigel Meeson live between the Cayman Islands and England with their 14-year-old daughter, who is a brain cancer survivor.

The Meeson family’s nightmare began with a visit to the pediatrician to discuss Hannah's serious balance issues. Within a few hours, a CT scan revealed a tumor on the cerebellum with hydrocephalus and Hannah was airlifted to Miami for surgery, later diagnosed as anaplastic medulloblastoma.

From July 2012 to May 2014, Hannah was based at MD Anderson Children's Cancer hospital in Houston, Texas and spent only a few weeks at her home in the Cayman Islands. She completed six weeks of proton radiation with sedation to her whole brain and spine, followed by six months of triple drug chemotherapy. In early April 2013, Hannah's MRI showed disease progression and she began another triple drug chemotherapy treatment. After nine cycles of the new combination of drugs, the MRI in May 2014 showed that the tumors had disappeared and the disease was finally stable.

With no known protocols to follow that work for relapse, Hannah's treatment was little more than an educated guess. Funding is desperately needed for new trials, new drugs and treatment options for all pediatric cancers. "All of the drugs Hannah has been given were developed for adults, mostly over 25 years ago, and many of them not even approved for use in children." The long term affects and damage from all the chemotherapy and radiation is permanent, horrific and endless. While she remains stable with no evidence of disease, we continue to work on all her disabilities with daily therapy, hoping that at the very least, she will walk again.

Hannah is our hero. Despite the grueling treatment, being away from home, school and her friends for so many months, she never complained and still manages to smile and laugh. We set up this fund in her honor because, "kids like Hannah are worth fighting for."

Awareness = Funding = Research = Cures

Hannah's Heroes Highlights & Happenings


Since 2014 Kerri Kanuga has raised over $40,000 for childhood cancer research. This year she will swim 20KM. Please donate and help conquer childhood cancers.

What is Medulloblastoma?

Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in children. Find out more here.

Our 2023 St. Baldrick’s Event

Join us as we shave virtually, raise funds, and continue the fight to conquer childhood cancers.  Register here.

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Where does the money go?

Donations made to Hannah's Heroes have funded St. Baldrick's Research Grants for Eric Raabe Ph.D. M.D.Monika Davare Ph.DErwin Van Meir, Ph.D., and David Kirsch M.D. Ph.D., St. Baldrick’s Scholar grants for Cheng-Chia Wu M.D.Pratiti Bandopadhayay M.B.B.S., Ph.D.Elias Sayour M.D.Eric Raabe Ph.D., M.D.and Lukas Chavez, Ph.D., as well as a multi-institution St. Baldrick's Consortium grant led by Kimberly Stegmaier Ph.D.  

The St. Baldrick's 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.



Who’s involved

These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of Hannah's Heroes. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers and more to make childhood cancer research possible.

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Get involved your own way:

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.

Head-shaving not your thing? You can start a fundraiser to raise money for our Hero Fund with St. Baldrick’s in a way that interests you! Like biking? Bike a marathon. Like baking? Start a cookie baking fundraiser… You get the picture.

Need help? Email us at Funds@StBaldricks.org

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