The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to funding children’s cancer research, has recently awarded 70 grants in 48 states and 11 countries, totaling $21.2 million to support the best in childhood cancer research. The largest grant given is for $6.7 million to the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), whose member institutions treat more than 90% of kids with cancer in the United.States. This brings the total of their donations up to $176 million since 2005.
According to Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St. Baldrick’s,” a child is diagnosed every 3 minutes, and in this country alone, more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease.”
Of these, 2/3 of children treated for childhood cancer will suffer long-term effects from treatment including loss of hearing and sight, heart disease, secondary cancers, learning disabilities, infertility and more.
As the leading non-governmental provider of childhood cancer research grants, the Foundation is continually praised for supporting the work of early scientists, innovative thinkers, cooperative projects sharing valuable information, and clinical trials that will lead to new cures and better treatments for kids fighting cancer.
“This funding would not be possible without the hard work of each volunteer, the bravery of our ‘shavees’ (who are willing to shave their heads and go bald for the cause) and the generosity of our donors,” added Ruddy.
St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 to over 1,300 events in 2013, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place anywhere, including schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, and firehouses, etc.
As stated in the organization’s website, “’Shavees’ sign up, collect money from friends and family much like a walk-a-thon, and show up at a volunteer-organized event in their community to take their turn in the barber’s chair. It’s fun, it’s emotional, and it’s for a crucially important cause.”
“We don’t make wigs or collect hair to soak up oil spills–in fact, the shaving itself is just a means to an end. On the surface, we shave because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, and we stand proudly bald beside them. But the true goal–to cure childhood cancer–will be accomplished because, while shaving, we raise funds for lifesaving childhood cancer research.”
To learn more contact ST.Baldrick’s Foundation, 1333 South Mayflower Avenue, Suite 400, Monrovia, CA 91016 888 899-2253 or 626.792-8247