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Help Fight Childhood Cancer!

It's that time of year again. I'm having my head shaved to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer. I'm raising donations for St. Baldrick's, which was established in 2000 as a fundraising group for CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. CureSearch NCCF supports the work of CureSearch Children’s Oncology Group, a network of physicians, nurses and scientists who conduct clinical trials in childhood cancer and perform cutting-edge research at more than 200 member institutions, representing every pediatric cancer program in North America, treating over 90 percent of children with cancer in North America.

Cancer continues to be the leading cause of death by disease in children, but today 77 percent of children with cancer can now be cured. As a result of CureSearch COG’s collaborative research effort, the cancer death rate has dropped more dramatically for children than for any other age group and has
directly led to significant increases in cure rates for childhood cancer.

The fight against cancer has particular resonance for me this year, as my dad recently passed away from liver and colon cancer after a three year fight. And my older brother, Chuck, died of brain cancer in 1977 at the age of 22. Although St. Baldrick's and CureSearch NCCF specifically target childhood cancer, every shred of information we can learn about this terrible disease gets us one step closer to a cure that will benefit all of us.

St. Baldrick's was founded in 2000 and has raised almost $7 million so far, with $3.5 million of that coming in last year and $2 million the year before that. The process is simple--I gather donations from generous people such as yourselves, and then I will have my head shaved in public, at Fado Irish Pub (100 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago) on Friday, March 11, 2005. I had a great experience with St. Baldrick's last year, and consider myself fortunate to have raised $1,200 for the cause, versus a goal of only $500. This year I'm doubling my goal, to $1,000, and hope to far surpass that as well. The headshaving is a symbolic show of solidarity with child cancer patients, many of whom lose their hair with chemotherapy.

If you would like to sponsor me with an online donation, you can do so with a credit card at my St. Baldrick's page, where you can also track my fundraising progress. My page is located here.

That's my "Before" picture up there right now, and after the big day there will be a gruesome "After" photo for your amusement. (Here's last year's photo--one of my coworkers said I looked like Michael Stipe, which I'm hoping he meant as a compliment.)

If you would like to sponsor me with a check or cash, please contact me and we'll make the necessary arrangements. Also, if you'd like to witness my shearing in person on March 11, you're welcome to do so, whether it's for moral support or just a good laugh. Once we get closer to the date I'll have a better idea of the specific time I'll be shaved--it will probably be early afternoon.

More info:
St. Baldrick's Foundation
CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation

Thank you so much, in advance!

February 8, 2005 in Personal | Permalink

Comments

Pete, (Hi Julie)
Can one of you email me please, with an 'addy' I could use to donate via PayPal with?
TIA,
Noreen

Posted by: Noreen at Feb 11, 2005 8:06:45 PM