Go Bald or go home! Cubberly plans St. Baldrick’s Day in Long Beach
2010-03-17 · By Editor
St. Patrick’s Day is here and that can only mean one thing, Long Beach is about to go bald. Each year, men and women let loose their locks at St. Baldrick’s Day events nationwide to raise money for children’s cancer research.
In Long Beach, parents from Cubberly School are organizing a St. Baldrick’s event for Friday, March 26. The group has been shaving heads since 2000 and raised more than $500,000 in the last decade. This year, they’ve set a goal of $50,000 with nearly $11,000 pledged so far.
Anyone willing to “brave a shave” is encouraged to come out and go bald to conquer pediatric cancer. Participants can register individually or in teams by contacting event organizers Michelle Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kristen Wright (email@example.com).
The Cubberly St. Baldrick’s shave for a cure begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26. Shavings will take place from 2:50 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The Cubberly is located at 3200 Monogram Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90808. More information about the Cubberly event can be found here.
Go Bald or Go Home: History of St. Baldrick’s
The first St. Baldrick’s event took place in New York City in 2000 when three Irish reinsurance executives turned their annual St. Patrick’s Day party into a fundraiser, shaving their heads in solidarity with children with cancer. Tim Kenny, John Bender and Enda McDonnell planned to raise “$17,000 on the 17th,” and recruited 19 colleagues to raise $1,000 each to be shorn. Instead, the first St. Baldrick’s event raised over $104,000. The event had a life of its own and quickly grew into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation provides grants to over 230 institutions for laboratory research and to help make clinical trials available and give children treatment that offers the best chance for a cure and long-term survival. Locally, both Miller Children’s and Jonathon Jacques Children’s Cancer Center have received research grants.
For more information about the St Baldrick’s Foundation visit www.www.stbaldricks.org.