Michael Orbany was 9 years old. He was hero to everyone he met.
In October 2010, he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. Over the course of a year, he courageously completed his treatments, standing strong in faith, hope and love. His cancer returned in 2012 and metastasized to his spine. Michael never let this disease define him. He lit up a room with his smile wherever he went. His attitude of unwavering faith and never giving up clearly defined his character, along with wanting to bring happiness to others. Throughout his journey, many people have learned from him and feel his energy to help themselves. The Miracles for Michael Fund was created to honor Michael’s tremendous strength to never ever give up in life. NEGU Is For Us Now.
Donations made to the Miracles for Michael Fund have funded a Research Grant for Marina Sokolsky-Papkov Ph.D. Dr. Sokolsky-Papkov is researching medulloblastoma at University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, which is affiliated with UNC Children's Hospital.
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.
These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of the Miracles for Michael 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.