Sunday WAS a beautiful day.
It was my annual St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving event. This is the fourth year I have been planning one and this was by far my most successful.
So far from this event Sunday we have raised $16,468 (and it’s still climbing!!)
Why do I do it?
Because every 3 minutes – yes, 3 minutes – a child is diagnosed with cancer in the world. That’s 175,000 children diagnosed with cancer worldwide 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.
There are over a dozen different types of childhood cancer, and only 3 new drugs have been approved in the last 20 years that were specifically developed to treat children with cancer. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research.
100% of St. Baldrick’s proceeds goes directly to childhood cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation takes great care with every donor dollar, keeping the staff small, the expenses low and directing every possible dollar to childhood cancer research.
Cancer sucks. But childhood cancer sucks even more. That is why I do it.
I got started as a volunteer in this organization 5 years ago. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity for my then 8 year old son. There was nothing that he could volunteer for as a child, without my being there with him. Then a boy at his school was diagnosed with Leukemia. One thing led to another and we signed up for St. Baldrick’s. He shaved his head that year in honor of Aidan. And he and my younger son have all been shaving their heads every year since then to honor Aidan and all the kids diagnosed with cancer. (And thankfully Aidan is in maintenance!) I am one proud momma!
Together, in five years, they have raised over $10,000 for childhood cancer research.
As a treasurer and event organizer, my events have raised over $50,000. That is why I do it.
Sunday’s event was at a new venue with wonderful people, great donors, great raffle prizes and great camaraderie for children with cancer. Among the 28 people who shaved their heads was a 32 year old woman and a 10 year old girl who had long beautiful hair that she’ll be donating.
After months of hard work, long nights and lots of emails, Sunday was a beautiful day. And every year I do this will be more beautiful. That is why I do it.
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