St. Baldrick's is a wonderful, international organization that raises money for childhood cancer. It's a basic, yet bold idea, where local events are held and participants also known as "shavees" raise money to have their heads shaved. The event not only raises money for childhood cancer but also shows solidarity with cancer victims that have lost their hair due to their treatments. On the St. Baldrick's website they state, "That less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget is directed to childhood cancer." They also state that "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." What?! After reading those facts it amazes me that less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget is given to research childhood cancer.
This year one of the St. Baldrick's events will be held at Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Illinois. The event will be held on St. Patrick's Day, Monday, March 17th. Joliet Catholic Academy is not only hosting the event but they also have a team of "shavees". The JCA team is made up of teachers, high school students and grade school students who have volunteered to raise money (minimum of $50 each) and have volunteered to have their heads shaved! Keep in mind that the majority of the "shavees" on this team are kids, which I feel makes this fundraising act of kindness even more special. Joliet Catholic Academy has a total team fundraising goal of $15,000.
One of the JCA team members has inspired me these past few weeks. She is a 5th grader who has been asking to do this for over a year now. Her name is Dulce and she has a beautiful head of dark black hair. I'm inspired by her spirit, because I know as a 5th grade girl, this would have been the last thing on my list - to voluntarily lose my hair! To be honest even at 40 something I would find it difficult.
Dulce is knocking it out of the park with her fundraising. She is literally asking anyone who will listen (in person and on social media), to help her raise money for childhood cancer. She initially started out with a $500 goal. As she quickly surpassed her first goal, she raised the bar a little more and then a little more. She is currently at $3055 raised! Her donation page is easy to get to (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) just click on this link and make an easy electronic donation http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/679844/2014. This page doesn't show her current totals as she and her family are also collecting cash donations and sending those donations directly to St. Baldrick's. Here is a picture of Dulce and her current shamrock fundraising goal chart - she is rocking the shamrocks!
The Joliet Catholic Academy team is doing something about childhood cancer, and this is a great opportunity for all of us to help these kids, help other kids. You can click on Dulce's link above or visit the St. Baldrick’s website, at http://www.stbaldricks.org, go to the "events" page and type in "Joliet Catholic Academy". There you will be able to see all the "shavees" and make a donation. Each one of us knows someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, who has had treatment and did not volunteer to lose their hair. These kids are volunteering to temporarily lose their hair, to help find a permanent answer to childhood cancer and stand strong with kids who need their help.