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Getting bald(er) to fight childhood cancer!



Once again this year, I'm having my head shaved in support of St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises funds for CureSearch, a great organization which supports research and treatment of childhood cancer. This will be the fourth year I've participated in St. Baldrick's, and so far I've raised more than $3,000 for CureSearch, and since its inception St. Baldrick's has raised over $20 million. Despite great progress made during recent years, more children in the U.S. die of cancer than any other disease, with 160,000 new childhood cases worldwide each year. I'm doing whatever I can to help fight this terrible disease, and hope you will, too.

CureSearch's 200 member institutions represent every pediatric cancer program in North America, with its network of 5,000 physicians, nurses and scientists working in laboratories and hospitals conducting childhood cancer research, identifying cancer causes and pioneering new treatments and cures. This network treats and supports 90% of children with cancer in North America. CureSearch's work is credited with the rapid scientific progress in the treatment of children with cancer over the past 50 years. Though once considered fatal, childhood cancer is now curable overall in 78% of childhood cancer patients. With continued funding and advances in research, CureSearch believes the survival rate can be raised to 85% by 2008.

So great progress is being made, but we still have a long way to go, which is where I (and you!) come in. On Friday, March 16, I will be having my head shaved at Fado Irish Pub (100 W. Grand Ave., in Chicago). Head-shaving is a symbolic gesture which shows support to childhood cancer patients, many of whom lose their hair during chemotherapy treatment. I would greatly appreciate it if you would make a donation to St. Baldrick's on my behalf. Donations are tax-deductible and benefit a truly great cause.

If you would like to donate with a credit card online, by phone or by mail, you can do so on my page at the St. Baldrick's website. Or if you'd like to donate with a personal check or cash instead, just contact me (pete_anderson [at] comcast [dot] net) 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 11, 2007 in Personal | Permalink

Comments

Pete, it’s so great to see that you’re promoting us and raising awareness and funds to Conquer Kids’ Cancer. While the Children’s Oncology Group was the first beneficiary of St. Baldrick’s in 2000, we’ve been an independent charity since 2004! This means we’re not only able to support the cooperative research of the COG, we were also able to fund 33 other grants last year. These grants are helping train future childhood cancer researchers, and local hospitals with their research priorities.

As CureSearch is the fundraising arm of the COG, our funds do not go to CureSearch. Directly funding the COG insures we pass along our efficiency so more of the funds you raise go to fund life-saving research.

Thanks again for the great blog, filled with facts and information about the foundation. Keep up the great promoting and good luck with your fundraising! Thanks to excited participants like you, we’re one step closer to finding a cure for kids’ cancer!


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Posted by: Rachel at Feb 12, 2007 12:50:26 PM