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Rayanna was a bubbly little 3 year old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She never backed down from the battle nor asked why even when she was diagnosed with a secondary cancer at age 6. Although Rayanna lost her battle, may her infectious smile and this fund send "Rays of HOPE" to children everywhere.
2018
$3,583
Funds Raised in 2018
2017
$62,615
Funds Raised in 2017
$272,199
Total Funds Raised
Since 2013

As we know, all too well, heroes come in all sizes.

Rayanna was a happy little three year old when she was diagnosed with ALL. She won that battle and won the battle three years later with MDS. The MDS battle was won with the help of her Uncle Bryan who was the perfect match for her stem cell transplant. Sadly, while Rayanna's immune system was suppressed to win a third battle (Graft Versus Host Disease), a life threatening fungus attacked her body and stole her from us. Life without Rayanna's battles is the tiniest of memories and yet the tiniest part of who Rayanna is in our memory. She was a beautiful giggly little girl filled with compassion for everyone around her, always putting the needs and feelings of everyone before her. She, like so many others facing childhood cancer, did not allow cancer to define who she was. She loved living and everyone and everything around her. Her love of animals showed with all of her pets; a horse, a donkey, two cats, a rabbit and a dog. She was going to be a veterinarian when she grew up. Hope for a normal future was never a question mark. She fought the bravest of battles and never asked "why."

Through research funded by the St. Baldrick's Foundation and "Rays of HOPE" hero fund it is our greatest wish that someday question marks about the future of a child diagnosed with childhood cancer will no longer exist. In life Rayanna's spirit and energy touched the lives of many. In death her legacy and hero fund have the potential to reach so many more!

Rays of Hope Highlights & Happenings

Our 2017 St. Baldrick’s Event

Join us at the Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company on September 24, 2017 and be a hero for kids with cancer!

Our 2013 St. Baldrick's Event

Grab a chair and some tissues and watch as Rayanna’s babysitter sings while being shaved.

Day on the Golf Course

How better to raise funds for children with cancer than a relaxing day on the fairway? Find out more.

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Where does the money go?

Donations made to the Rays of Hope Fund have supported a St. Baldrick's Fellow Grant for Melissa Mavers, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Mavers is researching graft-versus-host disease at Stanford University affiliated with Lucile Packard 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.

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Who's involved

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

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2018 Events for Rays of Hope

St. Baldrick's Headshaving Event & Auction
  • Sep 30th, 2018
  • Sergeantsville, NJ
  • 12 participants
  • $3,483.00 raised

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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

Thank you to our donors

$100 - $249

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