To Our St. Baldrick's Friends & Family –
We are here to raise money for childhood cancer research. You hear the word cancer quite often. You see a rainbow of colored cancer ribbons everywhere you look. You see colorful rubber bracelets on peoples’ wrists, supporting all of the different types of cancer and organizations. You are familiar with cancer, but most likely haven't been formally introduced like our family was in November 2008.
Our 4 year old daughter, Sara was diagnosed with kidney cancer - Stage IV Wilms Tumor that spread to her lungs and liver. Cancer barged into our family's home and forever changed our lives. Sara endured 3 surgeries. Sara remained completely still for 13 radiation treatments to her lungs, abdomen and pelvis. Sara trudged through 33 weeks of chemotherapy. Sara had 5 different chemotherapy drugs pumped into her little, four year old body.
I tell you this not to make you sad, but for you to see where your efforts/money are going. Isn't it amazing that Sara's cancer treatment was toxic enough to kill her cancer, but gentle enough to keep a smile on her face? Cancer treatment hasn't always been this way. Besides the US government, St. Baldrick's funds more in childhood cancer research than any other organization. If not for this fundraising, cancer researchers would not be able to find just the right concoction of chemotherapy and radiation to kill the cancer, but save the child. And this time, it was our daughter Sara.
Feel the pride in shaving your head or donating money to The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Because you care, our daughter Sara is 13 years old - she has a compassionate heart and a contagious smile. Sara is not a morning person. Sara loves spicy food. Sara dances in the mirror. Sara enjoys volleyball and laughing with her friends. Because you care, Sara is celebrating 8 1/2 YEARS CANCER FREE! Our family is happy and truly grateful.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to enjoy Sara,
Joe and Erin Martorano
Just Do It...and be done with it.
-- Sara Martorano during her cancer treatment
Donations made to the Just Do It…and be done with it Fund are funding two grants. The Late Effects After High Risk Neuroblastoma – The LEAHRN Study is a Consoritum grant led by Dr. Tara Henderson at the University of Chicago and includes 6 other member institutions. Dr. Ritaro Hazhizume, M.D., Ph.D. was awarded Research Grant to support his work on AT/RT brain tumors at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.
These people make us smile - they’re the doers and money-raisers on behalf of Just Do It...and be done with it. They’re shaving their heads, hosting events, starting fundraisers and more to make childhood cancer research possible.
Start your own St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money on behalf of our Hero Fund! You’ll be paired with a staff member who will walk you through every step of the process, and you’ll have fun knowing you’re doing a great thing for kids with cancer.
Register to shave your head and raise money for our Hero Fund at any St. Baldrick’s event happening around the world! Not finding an event near you? Register as a virtual shavee and shave your head anytime, anywhere.