St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Heroes for Hannah event

I know it’s October so pink is prevalent but that’s not going to stop me from telling you all about this amazing foundation and this event held a couple of weeks ago (in Gold September).  Personally, I had never heard of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation before a few weeks ago.  The circumstances that led me to learn about the foundation are downright heartbreaking so I wanted to make sure I did what I could to introduce them to others.

Here are some brutal facts:

More children are lost to cancer than any other disease (in fact, more than many other diseases combined)

1 in 300 kids will be diagnosed with cancer

For those diagnosed with cancer, 1 out of 5 will die

For those diagnosed with brain cancer, 4 out of 5 will die

Like I said, they are brutal, heartbreaking facts.

Unfortunately, the US Government provides VERY LITTLE  funding for kids cancer research and drug development.  $0.70 for every $100 from the American Cancer Society goes to kids cancer research.  I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard those numbers.  Thankfully, the amazing folks at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation did something about it.  They formed this foundation to fill the funding gap.  They are 100% dedicated to funding for kids cancer research and 83% of revenue (from donations, events, etc.) goes to research grants.  83%.  That’s HUGE, people.  These people and this foundation is making a difference.

hfh1That brings me to the Heroes for Hannah event that took place a couple of weeks ago.  Hannah Meeson is a beautiful 6 year old girl with brain cancer.  She has been battling with this since she was 4 years old.  I can’t even begin to imagine what she and her parents have gone through in the past two years.  Seriously heartbreaking.

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Instead of dwelling on the bad and sad of their situation, Hannah’s parents decided to get active and start advocating.  They (along with some pretty fabulous friends) organized a head shaving event to raise money for The St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  Hundreds of people gathered, dozens of heads were shaved and over $175,000 was collected to be donated to the foundation.  These people made a difference.

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You can make a difference too.  Spread the word.  Donate.  Hold a head shaving event.  Pray.  Do whatever you can but don’t do nothing

 

photos by the ever generous Julie Corsetti

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Comments

  1. Let’s bump it up a notch people, it’s simply unbelievable that kids don’t have the chance adults have with cancer, kids have dreams…donate today, and save a kid today! Help us conquer kids cancer.

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