Volunteers to Brave the Shave and Support Childhood Cancer Research
2015-02-24 · By Editor
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at Millikan High School, 2800 Snowden Ave., Long Beach 90815 on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., where more than 400 individuals will brave the shave in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to Conquer Childhood Cancers!
Why all the shaved heads? Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. With only 4% of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease.
Due to growing participation each year, this year’s event will be held at Millikan High School in the quad. “The outpouring of support for this event and ultimately, the desire to support children and youth with cancer, is simply wonderful. Anyone who has a connection to a child or young person with cancer or who has had cancer knows all too well the importance of supporting this cause,” said Michelle Scott, event organizer and mom to Kayleigh Scott who passed away from cancer last year at the age of 16. “We know the impact organizations like St. Baldrick’s makes on families with children or youth fighting this disease. Although Kayleigh lives on in our hearts, we are still committed to continuing this journey to support other families – we are paying it forward one year at a time through the Foundation.”
In 2014, more than $35,000 was raised through this event where over 300 individuals shaved their heads in support of the cause. This year, the event organizers are striving to beat this accomplishment. Onsite registration begins at 2:30 p.m. with the actual event beginning at 3:00 p.m. Online registration is encouraged at stbaldricks.org/events/longbeach2015.
About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
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. St. Baldrick’s coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $154 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.