Event 10921

A St. Baldrick’s Event

36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave

Apr 1, 2014 • Time TBD

At: 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave

Chicago, IL US

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Event 10921

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36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave

At the end of October, Rabbis Phyllis Sommer and Rebecca Schorr had a crazy idea: what if thirty-six Reform rabbis would shave their heads to bring attention to the fact that only 4% of United States federal funding for cancer research is earmarked for all childhood cancers as well as raise $180,000 for this essential research. Two weeks after this conversation, Phyllis and her husband, Michael, learned that their son, Sam, had relapsed with AML (acute myelogenous leukemia) and that there are no other treatment options for him. 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave. That’s who we are. Thirty-six slightly-meshugene, but very devoted rabbis who are yearning to do something. We couldn't save Sammy; perhaps, though, we can save others like him. And spare other parents like Phyllis and Michael from the pain of telling their child that there is nothing that the doctors can do to save his life. In the wee hours of 14 December 2013, surrounded by his loving parents, Samuel Asher Sommer, z"l, breathed his last and, on 16 December 2013, was tenderly laid to rest by his beloved family and friends. The #36rabbis now number more than seventy shavees and nearly two dozen volunteers. We have surpassed our initial goal, but will not stop. Not now; not ever.

St. Baldrick’s Honored Kids

Kids with cancer are our reason for it all. They’re the inspiration behind our event and the reason we’re helping fund childhood cancer research. We believe all kids should be able to grow up and turn their dreams into realities. Join our event or make a donation, and click the photos below to read their incredible stories.

Top Participants

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  1. Phyllis Sommer $157,426.77
  2. Michael Sommer $44,588.01
  3. Steven Lowenstein $44,547.00

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Top Teams

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  1. Team NEFTY $87,759.32
  2. #RabbisintheBackRow $71,673.06
  3. Soul Sisters $34,906.24

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Recent Donors

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  1. GE Foundation 6/5/2015
  2. Grainger 4/8/2015
  3. Anonymous In Memory Of Superman Sam Sommers 2/3/2015
  4. Faye Weinstein in memory of Gail Chapman 1/13/2015
  5. RBC Wealth Management 12/24/2014

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