Let's ROCK Kids' Cancer

By: Teagan Stedman

Wellness , Artist

Every year 13,500 kids in the US are diagnosed with cancer -- and 25% of those children will not survive. That's 4,200 child deaths each year. In fact, cancer accounts for the deaths of more children than all other pediatric diseases combined. Most importantly, 95% of the ones that do survive this horrible disease will go on to have chronic illnesses, and 40% will go on to have severe illnesses and even die from them. Despite all this, pediatric cancer is grossly under-funded. Did you know that, childhood cancer only receives 4% of U.S. federal funding for research R&D in pharmaceutical industry?

Research is crucial to the treatment of the disease, especially since most cancers seen in kids are vastly different from the ones seen in adults. It's obvious that we can't keep giving kids the same cancer drugs that were developed for older, more mature bodies. In the last 20 years there has only been one new drug approved for pediatric cancer research. Why? It's too expensive for drug companies to make a profit to manufacture new drugs to treat many pediatric cancers.

I don't understand why pediatric cancer gets so little funding when kids are our future.

Shred Kids' Cancer is a 501c3 non-profit public charitable organization dedicated to serving our community by offering a solution for kids to help fight kids' cancer and show their peers who are suffering that they are here to help them.

This is an organization made up of kids and started by a kid. Kids can use their creativity and organization skills (with the guidance of adults) to make a difference by raising awareness and funds to support research that leads to improving the care, quality of survival rate of children with cancer.

Below is a list of supporting documents and different ways people can help:

PRIORITY #1: Start A Shred Kids' Cancer Chapter

We want to create a national footprint!

PRIORITY #2: Appeal to Congress!

Writing letters is a powerful and influential tool to create change!

PRIORITY #3: Participate in the next Shredfest! (annually each SPRING)

We hold annual events, join us!

PRIORITY #4: Rock The Run! (anually in SEP)

You don't have to be a musician to rock someone's world! JOIN US!

PRIORITY #5: Be Bold, Be Bald! (annually in OCT)

This is WAY BETTER than a Halloween costume!

PRIORITY #6: Become a dedicated SHREDHEAD Volunteer or Intern

learn how you can help and build a better resume!

PRIORITY #7: Buy a Survival Bracelet ($12-USD)

A small, but meaningful gift, handmade by my brother!

  • Teagan enjoys playing guitar and has been in an original rock band for 6 years writing, recording and performing music all around Los Angeles. He has found an innovative way to use his music to help others. After seeing his friend suffer from battling cancer and wanting to do more than ask “Are you going to be ok?” in November 2008 when he was 8 years old, Teagan founded Shred Kids' Cancer. After two years of successful events involving hundreds of other kids (and music), in August 2010 Teagan sought out to make Shred Kids’ Cancer official by researching and creating a budget, business plan, writing By Laws, getting directors, filing articles of incorporation, completing IRS forms 1023 and forms 3500 with the State of California to successfully obtain 501c3 status from the IRS.


Shredfest 8

Feb. 5, 2016

Shredfest 8 is a Battle of the Bands featuring celebrity judges, amazing prizes and an incredible silent auction taking place on Saturday March 5, 2016 at FTC The Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show runs from 7pm-10pm. It is organized by Shred Kids Cancer and Phoebe's Phriends which are 501c(3) organizations dedicated to raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. 

I have decided to become part of the SOLUTION!

July 20, 2015

Recently, I decided to become part of the SOLUTION in solving pediatric cancer instead of just raising money to solve it.

And, because of this work, I made it on Good Morning America!

SEE HERE>> http://abcnews.go.com/Health/teen-15-starts-charity-kids-band-shred-kids/story?id=32524702


April 2014 -Teagan named a 2014 HALO Award recipiant for Teen Nick.

January 2014 -Teagan named a 2014 Global Teen Leader for Three Dot Dash a part of the We Are Family Foundation!  

September 23, 2013 - Teagan named The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes 2013  Teagan chose to have the $5,000 award money go to Shred Kids' Cancer!
May 6, 2013 -Teagan Stedman named National Honoree for 2013 Prudential Spirit of The Community Awards  granting Shred Kids' Cancer $5,000!​
February 27, 2013 Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center selected Teagan Stedman as a part of the one hundred - 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer.  
January 2, 2013 LA Talks Radio's Peace Fund names Teagan Stedman as Hero of the Week. (Mention is at around 25 minutes in the segment).
November 24, 2012 Teagan Stedman named Warrior of the Week on Love That Hollywood Dog Kids radio station on Global Voice Broadcasting. Interview with Lulu Cerone begins at around 35 minutes.  
September 2012- Teagan Stedman was chosen as an Ask Listen Learn Superstar. for his work with Shred Kids' Cancer. Teagan joins 16 other A.L.L Superstars Apolo Anton Ohno, Tyson Gay and other inspirational people like paralympians, professional athletes and community activists.  The popular site Beliefnet.com named its "10 most inspiring kids"which included Shred Kids' Cancer's Teagan Stedman. What an amazing honor, especially considering the other kids and their accomplishments!
October 2011 Teagan Stedman named one of The Young Icons for his charity work. 

$58,000 awarded to clinical trials for pediatric research

April 15, 2014 we were granted $50,000 to CHLA for the same multi-institution clinical trial led by Dr. Mascarenhas. He will study the combination of vinorelbine with these other chemotherapies in newly diagnosed older adolescents and young adults who have rhabdomyosarcoma.

December 4, 2013 we made a grant of $25,000 to Leo Mascarenhas, M.D., M.S., director of the Clinical Trials Office in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The grant will be used specifically to help support a new multi-institution clinical trial led by Dr. Mascarenhas. 

Adolescents and Young Adult’s diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of soft tissue cancer, are at very high risk of nerve damage caused by vincristine, one of the most successful drugs to fight rhabdomyosarcoma. Because of the damage it causes, most patients are not given the optimal doses of vincristine.

Vinorelbine acts in a similar way to vincristine against rhabdomyosarcoma—without the same degree of nerve damage—and works well in patients with relapsed disease. However, it has not been studied in conjunction with the other chemotherapies with which vincristine is administered (dactinomycin and cyclophosphamide).

A new multi-institution clinical trial led by Dr. Mascarenhas will study the combination of vinorelbine with these other chemotherapies in newly diagnosed older adolescents and young adults who have rhabdomyosarcoma.  This pilot study is expected to begin within the next six months. It currently includes Children’s Hospital, USC Norris, City of Hope and Miller Children’s Hospital; other institutions also will be invited to participate. If successful, this new combination of chemotherapies may lead to better outcomes for adolescents and young adults with sarcomas—allowing them to enter adulthood healthier and happier and lead more productive lives.

In the past year, Shred Kids’ Cancer has granted Children’s Hospital a total of $58,000: $25,000 (December 2013) + $26,000 (June 2013) + $7,000 (November 2012). The $26,000 (June 2013) grant was allocated to focus on various Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials for children with a variety of solid tumors where standard treatments have failed.

Examples of these trials include saracatinib, inhaled cisplatin for osteosarcoma, sorafenib, metformin in combination with chemotherapy for pediatric solid tumors, ipilimumab, vemurafenib for melanoma and sunitinib for pediatric gastrointestinal stromal tumors.  The $7,000 granted in November 2012 allowed for the launch and conduct of an innovative, first of a kind clinical trial utilizing a virus to kill cancer cells at CHLA.

We have also granted funds to clinical trials and donated toys and electronics to kids at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA to Dr. Kathleen Sakamoto and Dr. Noah Federman. 

Some Major Milestones

June, 2014 - Beneficiary of Guitar Center and Dreamsmith Studios month long Battle of The Corporate Bands

March 15, 2014 - Held Shredfest 7

March 9, 2014 - LA Marathon Beneficiary

October 18, 2013 - Be Bold, Be Bald. SKC is a beneficiary 

October 1, 2013 - named official charity of ASICS LA Marathon

September 22, 2013 - Rock The Run Vol. II 5k/10K featuring kids bands and Shred Kids Village (kids booths)

​April 13, 2013 - Shredfest 5 at House of Blues featuring Slash, Matt Sorum and judges Shavo Odadjian, DJ Lethal, Zakk Wylde, Frank Zummo and 9 kids bands plus auction items 

March 2, 2013 - Adrianne's Search for the Cure - Hermosa Beach Woman's Club held at Kiwanis Club benefiting SKC 

​December 9, 2012 Talked about Shred Kids' Cancer and performed at TEDx Santa Monica, CA

November 2, 2012 - Be Bold, Be Bald. Wear a bald cap and raise awareness for cancer. SKC is a beneficiary.

​October 14, 2012 - Rock The Run 5K in Westlake Village, CA featuring kids bands and kids booths

September 8, 2012 - Selected as recipient of Samuelsson Foundation Grant

​September 1, 2012 Approved on Guidestar Exchange as a valued partner

June 21-28, 2012 Shred Kids' Cancer in the Warped Tour Non Profit Village at Vans Warped Tour: Irvine, Pomona, San Francisco, Ventura, San Diego

April 7, 2012 Shredfest 4 Held at House of Blues, Celebrity judges and guest performers (Franky Perez, Dave Kushner, Billy Morrison, DJ Lethal, Shavo Odadjian, Carrie Ann Inaba)

October 2011 Bone Marrow Drive at Grammy's with Music Cares

April 2011 Shredfest 3 House of Blues - 9 kid bands 4 Celebrity Judges (Jack Osbourne, Ken Davitian, Frank Zummo, Shavo Odadjian) 

March 2011 Shredflip - Fundraiser -Jump on Trampolines at Sky high

September 2010 Designated 501c3 non profit corporation

April 2010 Shredfest 2 held at  House of Blues- 10 kid band participants; Celebrity judges (Tom Morello, Dhani Harrison, Shavo Odadjian, Erica Elaniak)

March 2010 Shredfeast - Restaurant/concert fundraiser

May 2009 First Shredfest held at Roxy - 10 kid band participants; 3 Celebrity Judges (Shavo, Dhani Harrison, Jesse Johnson) Sponsors such as Guitar Center provided raffle items 

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