Participant 1046086

Matt Gallagher Before

Matt Gallagher

shaved to cure childhood cancers!

May 21, 2020 • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event: Jim Brady's Restaurant & Bar - Virtual Event

At: Jim Brady's Restaurant & Bar - Virtual Event

75 Maiden Lane, between Gold & William, New York, NY US

Conquer Childhood Cancers

Fundraising

$63,402Raised

$65,000 Goal

$65,000 Goal

(888) 899-2253

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Participant 1046086

Participant 1046086

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

Fundraising

$63,402Raised

$65,000 Goal

$65,000 Goal

(888) 899-2253

Download Donation Form

Participant 1046086

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I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research with: Team Ian

May 21, 2020 • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event: Jim Brady's Restaurant & Bar - Virtual Event

At: Jim Brady's Restaurant & Bar - Virtual Event

75 Maiden Lane, between Gold & William, New York, NY US

I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research with: Team Ian

I had heard of St. Baldrick's and supported friends at past events but I never knew too much about the organization.  That all changed in November 2019 when my youngest son, Ian, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).  You can see a picture of him at the bottom of this page as the "Honored Kid".


Ian is your typical 2 1/2 year old ball of energy.  In the week or two prior to diagnosis we started noticing bruises on his legs.  He is always roughhousing with his older brother so we figured it was normal.  However, the bruising got worse.  My wife, Cara, called our pediatrician.  He said that based on the fact Ian recently was on antibiotics that it could be something called ITP which can be treated with steroids.  He gave us an 8:45am appointment the next day because he knew we would need blood-work to confirm the diagnosis.  My wife told him she was worried.  He asked what she was worried about.  Her answer was "Leukemia".  Do a Google search for excessive bruising in children and you will see why she was worried.  He told her that every pediatrician encounters about two cases of leukemia in their career and that he had already hit his quota.

 

November 8th, 2019 was a difficult day for our family.  Almost immediately upon arriving at the pediatrician's office that morning we could tell something was wrong.  The doctor was not saying much and directed us to go to the local ER to have blood-work performed and see a hematologist.  Again, we knew something was wrong as more and more doctors came by and there was lots of whispering taking place at the nurses station.  After a few hours we were give the formal diagnosis.  We were devastated.  We asked what we needed to do as a follow up.  They told us that we could not leave and had to be transported via ambulance to begin treatment immediately.  We eventually arrived at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia around 10pm that night and have been receiving care from their amazing staff ever since.


Standard treatment for pediatric ALL is a marathon, not a sprint.  The protocol calls for 2 1/2 years of treatment.  The good news is that the success rate is extremely high.  Ian is doing great so far and we will do whatever it takes to cure our little boy.

Now I need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.  To be clear, your entire donation will go to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, not to me or my son.  St. Baldrick's is an amazing organization that educates families and funds research for childhood cancers.  Please check out their website to learn more.


Finally, if you're feeling brave... join my team and get your head shaved with me.


I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I thank you on behalf of my son, Ian, and our entire family.


My wife is keeping a blog detailing our experience.  You can read it here:  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mr.ian


My Roles:

  • Shavee
  • Team Captain

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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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