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The Thumbs Up Fund To Honor Brett Haubrich was established to help raise money for research for Brett's type of brain tumor. Brett was diagnosed with a grade 3 brain tumor called Anaplastic Astrocytoma. It is our hope to find a cure for this type of brain cancer.
2018
$31,157
Funds Raised in 2018
2017
$18,740
Funds Raised in 2017
$72,018
Total Funds Raised
Since 2015

Brett Haubrich is a sweet and kind 13 year old boy.

In the summer of 2014, school had just let out and he was looking forward to a summer of baseball and hanging out at the pool. He looked forward to playing football, his favorite sport, in the fall. He had just finished 5th grade. He turned 11 the end of May, and that is when his headaches began. Terrible headaches that became worse. It was dismissed as a virus and finally was diagnosed mid-June 2014 as a grade 3 brain tumor called Anaplastic Astrocytoma. The fun summer of plans was replaced with an unscheduled detour into the world of childhood cancer. Surgery for hydrocephalus was first up and a much needed biopsy. The tumor was very deep in the brain in the thalamus. Thanks to his wonderful neurosurgeon, Dr. David Limbrick at Children's Hospital in St. Louis, MO, a biopsy was made. We were all shocked to find out a grade 3 tumor the size of a golf ball was in Brett's brain. Inoperable, we tried very hard to find a good treatment plan.

We were stunned to find there was a standard of care that was not very successful with brain tumors. He began proton radiation in St. Louis. He started chemotherapy. He was sick for a week each month due to the chemo. He completed his year and the tumor responded very well. However, only one month off treatment, the tumor began growing in October 2015. He was enrolled in a clinical trial at St. Louis Childrens Hospital in January 2016. It involved a new MRI laser ablation surgery done by Dr. Limbrick and Dr. Leuthardt. Brett was one of the first kids to receive this new procedure. He also had a clinical trial chemotherapy. The response was good. However, some tumor was left behind due to being too close to the motor tracks. This portion started to grow in April 2016. The surgery was repeated, yet riskier. Doctors were amazed, though, that Brett could still walk after surgery. Right now he has physical therapy weekly. He is on chemotherapy 21 days a month. He walks with a limp with right sided arm and leg weakness. We are grateful for every moment with him. We live scan to scan. We pray hard all the time for no new growth.

Brett is a kind boy. His Make-a-Wish was to be priest for a day. He enjoys making others happy more than anything. However, he is a big Packers fan and his favorite trip was being at Lambeau Field in 2015. The Thumbs Up Fund was named after Brett's symbol of hope and happiness. He has given a thumbs up in many pictures since he was little and is a symbol easily associated with him. We would like to raise money for research for tumors like Brett's so other families have more options and a cure. Team Brett has participated in fundraising for St. Baldricks since 2015.

Each year they raise at least $10,000. Even though Brett did not like losing his hair with treatment, he bravely shaves it to help others. His team is made up of parents and students and friends of Brett's that want to help raise money for research for a cure.

Thumbs Up Fund To Honor Brett Haubrich Highlights & Happenings

Rosaries for Brett Haubrich #TeamBrett

The Haubrich family is encouraging people to pray the Rosary for their beloved Brett. Click here to find out more.

Your Support Means So Much

These friends and family members helped us raise funds for childhood cancer research in honor of Brett! See the 2017 list.

What You Should Know

Childhood cancer affects thousands of kids and families around the world every year. This infographic shows a few realities you should know.

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Where does the money go?

Donations given to the Thumbs Up Fund To Honor Brett Haubrich 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.

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Who's involved

These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of the Thumbs Up Fund To Honor Brett Haubrich. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers and more to make childhood cancer research possible.

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2018 Events for Thumbs Up Fund To Honor Brett Haubrich

Concordia Seminary - Koburg Dining Hall Event Photo
    Concordia Seminary
    • Feb 1st, 2018
    • Saint Louis, MO
    • 34 participants
    • $12,886.00 raised

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    2018 Teams for Thumbs Up Fund To Honor Brett Haubrich

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      Team Brett
      • Helen Fitzgerald's Irish Grill and Pub
      • St. Louis, MO
      • 11 participants
      • $14,191.00 raised

      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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