Bring St. Baldrick’s To Your Community
Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, yet research to find a cure is significantly underfunded. If you’re interested in bringing St. Baldrick’s to your community, let us know, and you may join thousands of others who are funding lifesaving research to cure childhood cancer.
Why We Exist
The realities of childhood cancer
Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.
Young and old, rich and poor, rural folk and city dwellers, from all corners of the Earth are at the heart of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s community. Together, they have made St. Baldrick’s the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research.
In the 1950s, almost all kids diagnosed with cancer died. Because of research, today about 85% of kids with the most common type of cancer will live. But for many other types, progress has been limited, and for some kids there is still little hope for a cure.
A Closer Look at Childhood Cancers
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
- Central nervous system (CNS) tumors
- Ewing sarcoma
- Hodgkin disease
- Myeloid leukemias
- Non-Hodgkins lymphomas
- Osteogenic sarcoma (Osteosarcoma)
- Wilms tumor
- Other rare childhood cancers
How cancer behaves.
A normal cell knows how to grow and divide to make new cells, and knows when to stop and die. But a cancer cell isn’t normal. It grows and spreads too fast, and it won’t die.All those cancer cells can clump together to form a tumor. Not only can tumors grow to damage the part of the body where they start, they can also spread (or metastasize) to other organs where they do even more damage—sometimes ending a life.