Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close, but as a member of the St. Baldrick’s community, you know that lifesaving research must continue EVERY month.
Thank you for always being there for kids with cancer!
With 32 events in September, the St. Baldrick’s community raised more than $1.3 million for childhood cancer research.
Those funds will go toward the most promising research so that kids not just survive, but thrive after cancer, living longer and healthier lives.
Here are just a few of the highlights from the month – and a few ways you can help before the month is over!
New Jersey County Glows Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Long-time St. Baldrick’s supporter Linda Swackhamer hosted the 9th Annual St. Baldrick’s Head-shaving Event & Auction on Sept. 26 at the Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company, raising more than $38,000. This annual event is held in honor of Linda’s granddaughter Rayanna, who passed away from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2012.
To make the build-up to this event even more memorable this year, Linda got the county that Sergeantsville resides, Hunterdon County, to participate in lighting the county up gold in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Linda and her St. Baldrick’s volunteers helped sell 250 gold lightbulbs, raising $1,000 so that residents can light their homes gold for September.
And it wasn’t just residents! Even the Hunterdon County Court House got in on the festivities, shining gold to help raise awareness for childhood cancer. The Hunterdon County Commissioners proclaimed the month of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month throughout the county.Hunterdon County Court House Glows Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Line of Hope Across America
Twelve years since their first event, volunteers from across America still come together every September to help raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. This year, the Line of Hope Across America fundraiser asked participants to take photos of themselves holding messages of hope to be shared with the families affected by childhood cancer.Soccer team stands untied to help raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research
Since 2010, Line of Hope Across America has raised more than $180,000.
Teamwork Makes the Dream WorkErin Ralston shaves the head of Phil Ralston, her father, during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation event at McMullan’s Irish Pub on Saturday, Sept. 18
Team Bald by Design, led by team captain Phil Ralston, president of American Nevada Company and St. Baldrick’s Board Member, reached $1 million raised for childhood cancer research, a feat that has been 11 years in the making.
Team Bald by Design was created in 2010 by Windom Kimsey, president and CEO of TSK Architects, whose daughter, Claire, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10. Now, Claire is in remission, healthy, and has graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s degree.
The Bald by Design team continues to raise funds in Claire’s honor, so kids diagnosed with cancer can have more and better treatment options – so that kids with cancer can live longer and healthier lives.
Swinging for a Cure
The family of Christian Ramey started a golf tournament in his honor and raised more than $13,000.
Mike Biviano, Christian’s uncle, started a golf tournament to raise funds for childhood cancer research in honor of Christian four years ago called the Christian Cup. Starting with eight people from Texas and eight from Ohio playing golf, the tournament has grown into 18 participants from different states, all competing to raise money for childhood cancer research and win the coveted Christian Cup, named after Mike’s nephew.
Karen, Amos, and Grace Robinson entered the world of childhood cancer when Grace was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in November 2013. After two years of intensive chemotherapy treatment in January 2016, Grace went into remission and is doing well.
Now, to help all kids diagnosed with cancer, the family started the Grace’s Challenge to raise money for childhood cancer research. Last year, Grace’s Challenge raised more than $40,000, and this year the family aims to raise even more.
To help reach that goal, the Robinson family will match every donation, up to $25,000, so every dollar you donate could be doubled.
The Robinson family wants to ensure that every form of childhood cancer has a treatment option and that treatments are less toxic with fewer long-term effects and risks.
Family Shaves Their Heads for Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthThe Linkous Family shaves their head at the 126th Annual NAMIC Convention
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) has been a long-time supporter of St. Baldrick’s mission to support the most promising childhood cancer research to ensure kids with cancer can live longer and healthier lives.
The Linkous Family – INCLUDING MOM! – shaved their heads together this year and raised more than $500,000 at the NAMIC virtual conference. Surpassing their $400,000 goal. The long hair they also cut will be turned into wigs for cancer patients.
The Foundation That Shaves Together Stays Together
The St. Baldrick’s family came together to shave their heads on Saturday, Sept. 25. Guests at the St. Baldrick’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Virtual Head-Shaving Party heard from St. Baldrick’s Ambassador Alexa Moore and her journey with childhood cancer, and St. Baldrick’s Scholar Dr. Cheng-Chia Wu and how funds raised at events like these help move research forward.
These are just some examples of how you, the St. Baldrick’s family, showed up for kids with cancer in this special month.
Want to learn more ways to help fund lifesaving research?
- Join the Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer advocacy action network to encourage lawmakers to increase funding for childhood cancer research.
- Show your support on social media by tagging St. Baldrick’s in your posts!
- Donate now and help support the most promising research so kids with cancer can have better treatment options.
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