School Children Shed Locks for Pediatric Cancer Research

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Shaving heads for St Baldrick's

Dave Scott, Lan Vu and Brian Fox shave in honor of Kayleigh Scott, cancer patient (St. Baldrick's 2009)

Cubberley School in Long Beach is hosting its 10th annual head-shaving fundraiser for the Foundation today, Friday, March 18, 2011 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m, where more than 75 “shavees” will bare all when they have their heads shaved to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. The children are participating in honor of classmate Kayleigh Scott, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Participants have gathered sponsorships from friends and family members in exchange for boldly shaving their heads bald as a sign of solidarity with pediatric cancer patients who often lose their hair as a result of treatment.

Friday, March 18, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Welcoming Ceremony honoring patients at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

  • Long Beach Councilwoman Gerri Schipskie
  • Jerry Finkelstein, M.D., pediatric oncologist, Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

Shaving begins at 2:30 p.m.

  • Dozens of Cubberley students (ages 5-14) having their heads shaved
  • Long Beach community members braving the shears
  • Music, face painting and bounce house for kids

Fourteen year-old Kayleigh Scott is an outgoing, energetic girl who loves school, sports and spending time with her friends and family. Cancer has slowed her down physically and prevents her from participating, for now, in the sports she loves, but it hasn’t dampened her spirit. The money raised helps support specific research projects, as well as the research of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), made up of more than 200 leading childhood cancer institutions worldwide, including Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.

Cubberley School in Long Beach is located at 3200 Monogram Ave. Long Beach 90808.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005; it has funded over $57 million in childhood cancer research. The Foundation has donated more than $430,000 to pediatric cancer research at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.

 

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