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Getting Bald(er) to Fight Childhood Cancer!

It’s that time of year again! Once again I will have my head shaved to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a very worthy organization which raises critical funds for CureSearch (the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and Children’s Oncology Group, or COG). This will be the third year I’ve participated in this great cause, and thanks to many generous donors I have raised nearly $2,400 so far. St. Baldrick’s has raised $12 million since its inception in 2000, with $5.3MM of that total raised in 2005 alone.

The COG is made up of more than 4,000 childhood cancer experts, working at 230 leading childhood cancer institutions in the U.S. and worldwide. This cooperative research group leads the world in finding new cancer treatments, with its members treating over 90% of all children with cancer in North America. Sadly, despite the great strides made of late in research and treatment, cancer remains the leading disease killer of children. 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. 40 years ago, childhood cancer was almost fatal—but today, 77% of child cancer patients can now be cured. St. Baldrick’s helps COG institutions continue their work at a time when other funding is hard to come by—grants from the National Cancer Institute are received as reimbursements only after the work is done, and cover only 35-40% of the actual costs involved in research.

The COG needs much more help than traditional funding sources can provide, in order to continue its valuable work. Which is why I’m dedicated to helping this fine organization through St. Baldrick’s. On Friday March 10th, I will have my head shaved as part of an all-day event at Fado Irish Pub in Chicago (100 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago). Shaving my head is both my way of making a small sacrifice to the cause, as well as a sign of solidarity with child cancer patients, many of whom lose their hair during chemotherapy.

I would be very pleased if you would be willing to donate to St. Baldrick’s on my behalf. If you would like to donate online via a credit card, you may do so through my page at the St. Baldrick’s website. Or, if you would like to donate with a check or cash, just let me know and we’ll make the necessary arrangements.

As always, if you’d like to attend the event at Fado, I’d love to have you join me for a beer and a good laugh at my expense. Though I don’t know the exact time of my shearing, it will probably be sometime in the early afternoon. The event is always a lot of fun—there’s plenty of ongoing raffles, silent auctions with great prizes, etc.

If you have any questions, just let me know. Thanks in advance!

February 6, 2006 in Personal | Permalink