St. Baldrick’s Foundation event to raise money to find the best treatments for kids with cancer

RANDOLPH, NJ –The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered organization dedicated to raising money for children's cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at Resurrection Parish on 651 Millbrook Ave, Randolph on May 5, 2017 from 5-7:00pm.  In the past, nearly 40 participants from within the parish as well as neighbors, scout troops and sports teams have shaved their heads or had their hair braided to raise money for lifesaving research.  In the 6 years Resurrection Parish’s TEAM YES (Youth Enjoying Service) has participated in St. Baldrick’s they have raised over $95,000.  Each event honors a local Randolph and neighboring town families fighting with some form of the disease.  The goal this year is to break $100,000!

TEAM YES is still looking participants for May 5.  Licensed barbers will be on hand to shave and YES volunteers will braid green ribbons into long hair for anyone who raises more than $50 for the cause.  The St. Baldrick’s event will include music, games, raffles, pizza and snacks for participants. To register or donate visit the team’s link at https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/111362/2017.  

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Previous participants now in high school who still feel strongly about the cause and want to continue their support run the event.  “We find this model works well,” says Jen Baxter, lead organizer of the St. Baldrick’s event and the YES group at Resurrection.  “Teens get a chance to lead and the younger ones respond so well to older role models.  This year we are thrilled to add the support of the Randolph Fire Department.”  A township fire truck and local firefighters will be on hand to cheer on participants.  “Of course adult shavees are always welcome.  Last year we had a brave woman from South Jersey shave her long hair among strangers to support the cause,” added Baxter.

Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer; one in five won’t survive, and those who do often suffer long-term effects from treatments too harsh for their developing bodies. Kids are special, and at St. Baldrick’s we treat them that way. From its beginnings, St. Baldrick’s has believed that kids deserve the chance to be kids – fun-loving, carefree, refreshingly honest, and always a little goofy – and deserve the chance at a future. That’s why donations raised at events like this have made it possible for St. Baldrick’s to fund more than $200 million to support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as every kid.

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to innovative explorers who bring with them the promise of a future free from childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at StBaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.