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St. Baldrick's Foundation

Abby's Childhood Cancer Story

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At age 4, Abby was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia and given a 20% chance at survival.

The age when you should be running outside jumping in muddy puddles, twirling around your kitchen, smiling, laughing, giggling like it's your own secret language, was disrupted for Abby. Age 4 and 5 and 6 for Abby were met with highs and lows, with needles, and chemo, and pills. With hospital stays instead of sleepover pillow fights.

Halfway through her treatment, Abby was given an option to try a new therapy that was being used to fight her specific type of cancer, which had been discovered in part by St. Baldrick's‑funded research. This new treatment option using a drug called Gleevec, drastically improved her survival rate from 20% to an approximate 70%.

"St. Baldrick's truly has given us hope for Abby and hope for all those kids right now sitting, waiting for new treatments to be found or to be applied to their type of cancer. I'm forever thankful for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the researchers that they've funded for giving Abby the life she has now." - Patty Furco, Abby's mom

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St. Baldrick's Headshaving Events Play

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Get registered to shave your head or plan an event to raise money for research - it could fund the next study that finds the cure for childhood cancer.

Stories of Children with Cancer Play

Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year - that's one child every 3 minutes. These children have hopes and dreams that are shattered when cancer enters their lives.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation funds lifesaving childhood cancer research to find cures and give children long and healthy lives.

You can play a part in the story. Get involved with an event near you, or start your own!

"In Play" PSA by St. Baldrick's Foundation & Stand Up to Cancer Featuring Samuel L. Jackson Play

"In Play" is a new print and broadcast public service announcement by St. Baldrick's Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer featuring actor Samuel L. Jackson.

This PSA is designed to increase awareness about childhood cancers and the critical importance for infants, children and in particular teens and young adults with childhood cancers to be treated by pediatric oncologists -- survival for teens and young adults is far greater when treated on pediatric cancer protocols.

Four St. Baldrick's Honored Kids are featured in the campaign.

Learn more about you can help fight childhood cancers with the St. Baldrick's Foundation: http://bit.ly/inplay_stbaldricks
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