Kathleen’s Desk

Thank You for Helping Us Make History

by Kathleen Ruddy, CEO, St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 9, 2014

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Official Guinness World Record certificate

The official Guinness World Record certificate awarded to barber David Alexander on behalf of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

This morning, kids with childhood cancer have a new place in history because of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s volunteers. Records were broken — again!

David Alexander, a long-time St. Baldrick’s leader and barber, set a Guinness World Record by shaving the most heads in one hour — 73 — on the Today Show. David was ready for this day; he organized a test shave to prepare for the official Guinness World Record challenge. And he’s no stranger to St. Baldrick’s; he has personally raised over $674,000 for lifesaving childhood cancer research and has the St. Baldrick’s logo tattooed over his heart!

David is one of many extraordinary people who we’re so privileged to know. More than 80 volunteers joined him on the Today Show set. They came to midtown Manhattan from throughout the tri-state area, arriving at the crack of dawn to experience one of the fastest shaves, all for one reason — to put a spotlight on kids with cancer, their fight, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s mission to give all kids with cancer long and healthy lives.

The kids we all fight for are the greatest heroes we’ll ever know. But I’ve always believed that the kids inspire the best, from the best people, and the St. Baldrick’s community proved that again today.

Thanks to Today and Guinness for highlighting cancer’s youngest warriors who so desperately need more champions in their corner. This was the St. Baldrick’s community at its finest — uniting to represent all of you around the world who have braved the shave so children might live.

Every day we work to fund childhood cancer research to break the most important record — more children’s lives saved than the day before — and, ultimately, put childhood cancer where it belongs — in history.

Kathleen Ruddy, St. Baldrick's CEO
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