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Our promise to Cole is to do "Something Big" in his memory. That "Something Big" is doing everything possible to create greater awareness, funding, and research for childhood cancer. This is Cole’s job, his work, his legacy; we are just helping him do what cancer did not allow him to grow up to do. It is not what he has chosen but it is the best we can give him. His spirit and strength is moving us each day and "Something Big" is happening!
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On January 20th 2012, our loving, joyful five year old son and brother Cole died from Neuroblastoma Cancer.

Cole was a boy who had a passion for life. He was determined to squeeze as much happiness and laughter into each day as possible. Cole loved to play all sports, baseball, soccer, football, hockey, and basketball; he was a naturally gifted athlete. He would sink basket after basket without effort, hit the baseball a mile and he had a strong accurate arm. Cole truly enjoyed life and especially the outdoors. Sometimes while the other children were playing he would just lay down in the grass or snow, put his hands behind his head and just stare up at the sky, we can only wonder what such a young boy could have been pondering as he looked upwards. He had a depth and insight into life that most adults will never acquire. He idolized his big sister Tara and wanted to do everything she enjoyed; his taste in music, his pleasure in painting and crafts, his thirst for learning all came from his love and adoration for her. He was inseparable from his identical twin brother Troy. They did everything together from the moment they woke each morning. They would sit together on the same chair at the kitchen table for breakfast then play together with their fire trucks, Legos, and Matchbox cars. When it was time to go out and play they rode their bikes together, dug in the dirt together, and sometimes fought together, always ending their little scuffles with a hug and an “I'm sorry.” Cole was life, Cole was love, Cole was laughter.

That is a little bit of who Cole was, but to us he is still our hero. He is the driving force behind our desire to increase Childhood Cancer Awareness, Funding, and Research and he continues to bring joy to people when they need a reminder to "Smile, Be Happy"

Smiles for Cole Highlights & Happenings

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In the month of September, we will color the world gold to raise greater awareness of childhood cancer: the #1 killer by disease of our children. Like us on Facebook.

Michelle Shaved Her Head!

Michelle is shaved her head with the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. Donate to her efforts!

What is Neuroblastoma?

Neuroblastoma is a type of childhood cancer that develops in nerve tissue outside of the central nervous system. Learn more about this cancer here.

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Where does the money go?

Donations given to the Smiles for Cole 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.


Who's involved

These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of Smiles for Cole. 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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