Not a fan of corned beef and cabbage? Green beer not your thing? (Or are you done with feeling green the morning after?) Then do something different on St. Patrick’s Day — spend it with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and help kids with cancer!
St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-powered childhood cancer charity known for its head-shaving events, where supporters go bald and fundraise for kids’ cancer research.
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick’s has given more than $200 million to researchers working to give kids with cancer long, healthy lives.
How do we do it? No leprechauns and pots of gold here — we do it with the help of people like you!
Your donation helps fund lifesaving reserach. Give to kids with cancer today >
There are more than 90 of these shaving events slated for St. Patrick’s Day and almost 600 happening across the country during March. That’s a lot of opportunities for you to party AND make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer!
But why spend your St. Paddy’s with us crazy head-shaving people? Here are our top five reasons — but don’t take it from us. Go check out an event for yourself!
1. It’s festive
We love the color green AND St. Baldrick’s was born on St. Patrick’s Day in a pub — what could be more festive? (We’re not foolin’! Read about our history.)
We retain that St. Paddy’s Day pride, with events often held in pubs and loads of green to be seen. Our roots are even in our name, which is a blend of bald and St. Patrick’s. And yes, we even have a St. Baldrick’s-themed leprechaun hat!
Wondering who “St. Baldrick” is? Click here to find out >
2. It’s for science
Really! That’s what you can tell anyone who asks what you did for St. Patrick’s Day — you partied for science. Each of our events fund research that saves lives.
In fact, we fund more childhood cancer research grants than any other private organization. From cutting edge clinical trials to leading laboratory work to newly hatched research careers, St. Baldrick’s makes the whole gamut of childhood cancer research possible. (Check out our different grants!) But we couldn’t do it without you.
3. It’s fun
St. Baldrick’s events are a great time. They’re emotional, inspiring and, best of all, for a good cause.
People laugh, cry, dance and make some pretty awesome faces while under the clippers. (Watch for the classic squinty face!) Our events are a celebration of the impact we have when we get together to make a difference. We like to say our events are parties for good!
4. It’s for the kids
We go bald to fund research to save the lives of our heroes — those 300,000 kids diagnosed with cancer every year. We also shave to support them.
Children undergoing treatment for cancer will often lose their hair, which can be a scary experience. We go bald to show them that they aren’t alone and raise funds to find cures for all childhood cancers. These kids are at the heart of everything we do.
5. It makes a difference
The research we fund has the potential to impact every kid diagnosed with cancer.
But there’s a funding gap between the money available for kids’ cancer research and what’s needed. Only 4% of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research. It’s up to us to fill this gap and get researchers the funds they need to save lives.
Make a difference and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the same time. Join us!
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