Over 40 volunteers went bald Saturday, March 30th to raise awareness for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s Foundation has head-shaving events worldwide. People come out to donate, shave their head, and shave heads all to raise awareness and fight against childhood cancers.
With St. Baldrick’s Foundation you can organize your own event, become a shavee, or a shaver. When you organize your own event you are given your own team page on their website. Here people can get more information on St. Baldrick’s, your event, fundraiser goal, and much more!
Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin had their event Saturday afternoon, where more than 40 volunteers got their heads shaved. Dell Children’s Medical Center is a pediatric healthcare facility that serves over 46 counties in Central Texas. They had a goal of 100 thousand dollars and raised over 75 thousand!
Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes. The cancer that strikes kids is different from cancer in adults. While there are many factors that come in hand with this, one of the biggest is that a cure is not enough. For a lot of kids that do survive cancer, the battle is not over. A recent study shows that because of surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapies given to children with cancer, “by the time they’re 45 years old, more than 95% of survivors will have chronic health problems, and 80% will have severe or life-threatening conditions.”
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is focusing on research for cures, to make treatments more comfortable, and to prevent lifelong damage.
The event at Dell Children’s Medical Center was one of the bigger head-shaving events here in Austin, TX, but it is not the only one! To find an upcoming head-shaving event near you or to donate to St. Baldrick’s research, click here!