SOURCE: St. Baldrick's Foundation

St. Baldrick's Foundation

January 07, 2015 09:14 ET

St. Baldrick's Foundation Announces 2015 Ambassadors

Kids and Families Raise Awareness of the Critical Need for Childhood Cancer Research

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 7, 2015) - The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for children's cancer research, proudly announces its five 2015 Ambassadors who represent the more than 175,000 kids worldwide diagnosed with childhood cancer each year. St. Baldrick's Ambassadors serve as the faces and voices of the Foundation throughout the year and are a constant reminder of the critical need for childhood cancer research funding and to provide survivors with long, healthy lives. 

From different areas of the country and backgrounds, with different disease types and outcomes, the Ambassadors show that cancer does not discriminate. The five Ambassadors represent the reality that one in five kids diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. will not survive. This year, the Ambassadors and their families will attend St. Baldrick's signature head-shaving events, special ceremonies and other activities where they will talk with media, volunteers, shavees(SM), donors and researchers.

Aaron Thompson, 17, from Lawrenceville, N.J., was diagnosed with Burkitt non-Hodgkin lymphoma after discovering a lump on the side of his neck at age 15. After months of treatment, Aaron is now in remission and enjoys playing sports and the saxophone in his school band.

Caroline Richards, 12, from Austin, Texas, is your typical active, fun-loving social butterfly. In January 2014, Caroline was diagnosed with osteosarcoma after complaining about a pain in her upper arm. Her disease continues to progress despite treatment, but her positive and giving spirit remains intact.

Daisy Walsh, 8, from Aurora, Colo., was diagnosed with medulloblastoma -- a brain tumor -- in April 2013, at the age of 6. Daisy approached cancer with bravery, strength, determination, and never lost her sense of humor. Daisy suffers from serious side effects of her treatment, but does not let that stop her from playing with her sister, cooking, crafting and going on adventures.

Chase Ewoldt, 5, from Wheaton, Ill., was diagnosed in August 2012 at just 2 years old with an aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system called atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT). Given just a 20 percent chance of survival Chase started a rigorous treatment plan that included brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Despite a recent clean bill of health, his latest MRI showed small growths in and around the tumor site, which his doctors are closely monitoring.

"Superman Sam" Sommer, forever 8, from Highwood, Ill., diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), referred to his cancer as a "ninja," because the cancer was strong and sly. Sam was energetic, smart and funny. He loved monster trucks, dragons and pizza. Most of all, he loved his family. Sam passed away on December 14, 2013. The 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave event was created in his honor and has since raised more than $747,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. 

To learn how you can get involved visit www.StBaldricks.org, and connect with St. Baldrick's on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo.

About St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick's coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded more than $154 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more information about the St. Baldrick's Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.

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