Event 763

A St. Baldrick’s Event

Brave the Shave for Kids with Cancer with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Mar 17, 2018 • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

At: Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI)

5700 Martin Luther King Way, *CHORI is located five blocks from the hospital. Parking lot entrance is on Aileen Street @ MLK*, Oakland, CA US

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Brave the Shave for Kids with Cancer with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Be a hero for kids with cancer! Join this St. Baldrick's event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement! The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!

We are honored to have a childhood cancer survivor on our planning committee this year, thank you Kennedy for sharing your story with us!  Please see below for Kennedy's inspirational story and our photo section for Kennedy’s portrait. 

    "As I watch, Albi, my two year old cousin toddling around, laughing with her dolls and playing dress-up it is hard for me to believe how radically different my life was when I was her same age. It was at that time, my parents started to notice changes in both my physical appearance and demeanor. I had stopped growing and my disposition had shifted from happy and inquisitive to anxious and reserved. Trips to the doctor became constant. Much to my parents’ frustration, no one seemed to have any answers. It was when my pediatrician suggested I get an abdominal and brain MRI, that there was a breakthrough. My abdominal MRI did not come back clean. I had an adrenal tumor. I was taken to the emergency room at Children’s Hospital of Oakland, which is now UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. There I was admitted to the oncology unit on the 5th floor where I spent hours watching Elmo and delighted in the BART trains passing by. As my mom once told me, hearing that I was being admitted into Oncology “completely turned her world upside down.” I, however, was too young to comprehend anything that was going on. I couldn’t understand why I was getting poked with needles and why the nurses were waking me up at all hours of the night. For me, the tumor itself wasn’t the hardest part of my journey. The hardest part of this journey for me was my inability to understand what was happening to me. Being poked and prodded was frightening. Given my age, my parents were unable to articulate that everything that was happening was actually helping me. I ended up having surgery to remove the tumor along with my right adrenal gland. My tumor, however, left the doctors stumped. After the biopsy it was still undetermined whether or not my tumor was a cancerous adrenal tumor, an adrenocortical carcinoma, or a benign adrenal tumor. As a result of this, my trips to the endocrinologist and oncologist would be annual along with the blood tests. It has been fourteen years since my tumor has been removed. I am sixteen years old and a junior in high school. I occupy my time by playing lacrosse, hanging out with my friends and family, and of course, school work. I would say I live a pretty normal teenage life nowadays. I do however, carry my medical past with me everywhere I go as well as the scar on the right side of my stomach. I don’t look at it as a burden. I look at it as a symbol of my courage. It reminds me to live my life in the present. It reminds me to have empathy. Most importantly, it reminds me that I am strong."

 We would like to give a special shout out to GORUCK NorCal team who has been participating at our event for years, thank your for your dedication and hard work!  Click the link below to see the GORUCK NorCal team!

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  1. Anu Agrawal $10,522.00
  2. Emma Bishopp $10,475.00
  3. Joe Peanasky $8,427.10

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  1. Blackhawk2018 $26,026.12
  2. CHO residents/attendings/friends $21,197.35
  3. GORUCK NorCal $13,680.94

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Recent Donors

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  1. Costco 11/13/2018
  2. Jason Shield 11/9/2018
  3. Costco 8/31/2018
  4. Jason Shield 8/31/2018
  5. Christine Ho 7/14/2018

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Event Activities

  • 9 am - 2 pm

    Peter Pan Foundation will be performing and in Disney attire all day!

  • 9 am - 2 pm

    KMEL will be our DJ, come join the fun and music live!

  • 9 am - 2 pm

    Pun the magician!

  • 9 am - 2 pm

    Alex Savidge of KTVU will be our emcee!

  • 9 am - 9:30 am

    Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick will kick off the event!

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