Participant 1076723

Tom Leonhardt After

Tom Leonhardt

shaved to cure childhood cancers!

Mar 31, 2021 • Time TBD

Event: 20 years of St. Baldrick's in Chicago - A Virtual Celebration through the month of March

At: A Virtual Celebration

Chicago, IL US

Conquer Childhood Cancers

Fundraising

$16,247Raised

$10,000 Goal

$10,000 Goal

(888) 899-2253

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Participant 1076723

Participant 1076723

Milestones & Stretch Goals

$ 16,247
  • GOAL 10,000 $

Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Help me fund the research that will save their lives!

Fundraising

$16,247Raised

$10,000 Goal

$10,000 Goal

(888) 899-2253

Download Donation Form

Participant 1076723

National Partners

I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research

Mar 31, 2021 • Time TBD

Event: 20 years of St. Baldrick's in Chicago - A Virtual Celebration through the month of March

At: A Virtual Celebration

Chicago, IL US

I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research

As you may know, in March of 2002 I was the first person to shave my head for St. Baldrick’s in Chicago and I am a member emeritus of the founding Board of Directors. A total of 10 of us shaved, raising $70,000 that first year. In the years that followed, St. Baldrick’s presence in Chicago grew to hundreds of area-wide events and millions of dollars raised to fund childhood cancer each year. And I shaved my head more than a dozen times over those years.

You probably know that I left Chicago 4 years ago, and have grown out my ‘beach-locks’ over those years. However, my ‘partners-in-crime’ from those early years have approached me to shave as Chicago celebrates it’s 20th year of headshaving. This year’s event will be virtual, so I’ll be able to participate even though I won’t be in Chicago in person. But the good news – you can sign in to watch the shave!

What made me decide to shave my head again? Healthy children, and three healthy grandchildren. Also, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, events last year were cancelled worldwide, and donations for childhood cancer research were down by more than $12 million!! Lifesaving research has been put on pause, but these kids need your help!

I know that there are many worthy causes, but every two minutes, somewhere in the world a child is diagnosed with cancer. By age 50, 99% of survivors will suffer long-term health effects from their treatment.

Your contribution will support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants worldwide. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $305 million in research grants to find cures for kids with cancer. This is all thanks to the generosity of donors like you!

My goal this year is to raise $10,000, and to start it off Donna and are donating $2,000. Any donation will go a long way. – here are some ways your gift makes a difference:

• $50 provides two hours of a clinical trial, often a child’s best hope for a cure

• $100 covers a student to work in a pediatric oncology research lab for one week

• $250 allows for ten hours of research to improve patient and survivor quality of life

Over the years I have met so many kids in treatment for cancer. Kids like Maggie, Josh, Alicia and Sara, who are survivors as a result of research. And kids like Chris, one of the first patients I ever met, and whose funeral I attended ten years ago. These kids deserve our help – I hope I can count on your donation to fund lifesaving research.

Thank you so much for being a hero to kids with cancer. Together, we will make a difference!

My Roles:

  • Shavee

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Be it known to all that this participant has dedicated at least ten years of service to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation helping kids with cancer throughout all the land.

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.

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