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Sam was diagnosed with DIPG at the age of two. In his short life, he taught his parents about the reality of unconditional love and the path to happiness. We raise money to fund innovative pediatric cancer research in his honor.
Funds Raised in 2021
Total Funds Raised

Welcome to the With Purpose Hero Fund page! In 2021, we transitioned the organization our son, Sam, inspired into a partnership with St. Baldrick’s. In the six years we operated as an independent organization, we accomplished so much! We raised more than $1,000,000! We educated and activated thousands of people across the country. We shared a story that gave people hope. We broke a world record. We made an impact on a really big, really tough problem. We contributed to research and legislation that will continue to positively impact kids with cancer.
Through this partnership we will still get to invest in the most innovative and promising pediatric cancer research initiatives. In addition, we are joining some of the most successful nonprofit organizations in the world to make a difference for kids with cancer.  And we are letting Sam’s light continue to shine in this world.    

Thank you all for your love and support.  Our family would not be where we are today without you.

With so much love and gratitude,
Erin Benson (Sam’s mom)

With Purpose Highlights & Happenings

What you should know about childhood cancer

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

What my son's final words taught me about happiness

Joy comes when we let go of the idea that we deserve it. Read this blog to learn more about this important life lesson.

With Purpose Instagram

Visit the With Purpose Instagram page to learn more about the efforts to conquer childhood cancers.

Where does the money go?

Donations given to the With Purpose 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 the With Purpose Fund. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers, and more to make childhood cancer research possible.

See who’s raising money

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 2021 donors

$10,000 - $24,999

$2,500 - $4,999

$100 - $249

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