WARREN, NJ - In a bold statement of solidarity with kids with cancer, “Team Jackpot,” a group of fifteen 5th through 8th grade Warren boys assembled by Jack Horan, 13, shaved their heads this past Sunday, March 23.
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.
Team Jackpot was a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising event at Sport Clips to raise money for childhood cancer research. Over $16,800 was raised so far this year by these local heroes.
This is the fourth year in a row Horan has raised funds for St. Baldrick’s by gathering donations from friends, family and the community to shave his head. After shaving with his dad in 2011 and alone in 2012, he organized a larger event in 2013 and formed "Team Jackpot" with seven other Warren 7th graders to raise money for St Baldrick’s.
This year 14 brave boys from Warren joined together to raise funds. Since 2011, these boys have raised $56,500 to conquer childhood cancers. The boys who shaved this year are: David Cantone, Tyler Carapezzi, Tyler Fuller, Christopher Gagliano, Nabeel Jan, Calvin Li, Carl Peterson, Nathan Pinho, Robert Niemeyer, Aidan Regimbal, Jarett Schwartz, Sanjay Subramanian, Vijay Subramanian, Kobe Tam and Jack Horan.
Team Jackpot wishes to thank Simon Oxley, owner of Sport Clips in Warren at Mt Bethel Rd, who graciously hosted the event, as well as volunteer shavers Krystle Sanguiliano and Christina Rodriguez who opened their doors an hour and a half early on Sunday to accommodate all the shavees and their families.
Team Jackpot also wishes to thank John Grunstein and Francine Bernstein for their support in the role of Treasurer for this years shave.
Donations can still be made by following this link: http://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/92770/2014
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 $127 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 call 1.888.899.BALD or visit http://www.StBaldricks.org.