Participant 1085614

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Jill Cetina @ Sports Clips

shaved to cure childhood cancers!

Sep 3, 2021 • 4:00 pm

Event: Virtual Event

US

Conquer Childhood Cancers

Fundraising

$30,256Raised

$100,000 Goal

$100,000 Goal

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Participant 1085614

Participant 1085614

Milestones & Stretch Goals

$ 30,256
  • GOAL 100,000 $

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

Fundraising

$30,256Raised

$100,000 Goal

$100,000 Goal

(888) 899-2253

Download Donation Form

Participant 1085614

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I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research

Sep 3, 2021 • 4:00 pm

Event: Virtual Event

US

I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research

In 2006 I was a financial economist working in a terrific job, a newly minted CFA charterholder with a happy marriage, and a mother of two.  Later that year our lives imploded when my oldest child was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer at age 3.


The cancer was widespread. Survival odds were 70% at best, depending on tumor type. I thought, "wow - this isn’t 70% best case; it's a binary outcome.”

My partner and I read the research and opted, in consultation with the medical team, for a novel treatment approach because the standard treatment was deemed unlikely to be successful.


She went through two surgeries, chemo for six months, and radiation.

Some of our new friends in the pediatric oncology ward made it through treatment; others did not. The victories were terrific.  The losses were wrenching.


We returned to the children's hospital regularly for five years to ensure it was gone. The first off-treatment visits were nerve-racking, but slowly got easier. 

We made it to five years off treatment and to this day continue to go annually to the clinic for check ups.  In the long-term survivors follow up clinic, I have seen children with hearing aids, nerve damage affecting mobility, and other visible post-treatment side effects. Some post-treatment side effects are not visible, but can still be quite impactful.  We are back in the clinic next in June 2021.


My daughter now is grown, graduating high school. She is doing well. I am supremely grateful.  But I want MORE!  I want MORE families whose child is diagnosed with cancer to get to see their child grow up and have a normal life.


Research is the ONLY way this happens.  Pediatric cancer can happen to any family. Cancer is the number #1 disease killer of children in the U.S.  A strong belief in the critical importance of funding pediatric cancer research is why I joined the St. Baldrick’s Board.

Only the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health have invested more in pediatric cancer research than St. Baldrick’s. St. Baldrick’s also has a rigorous research review panel that determines which grants to fund. St. Baldrick’s research has led to FDA approvals of drugs to treat neuroblastoma in children.


I shaved my head in 2007 to show solidarity for my daughter and support St. Baldrick's when she was on treatment and lost her hair.  You can see my St. Baldrick's page from 2007 here -- https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/6479/2007


We grew out our hair and shared the same hairdo for many years afterwards. Fifteen years after my daughter’s diagnosis, a continued belief in the importance of pediatric cancer research is why I am shaving my head again in September, during national pediatric cancer awareness month, to raise funds for St. Baldrick’s.


My fundraising goal is very ambitious — $100,000 — this is about enough to fund a small clinical trial. Thanks to my partner for kick starting donations towards this goal. 


I believe research can give the gift of healing and more effective and less toxic cures for cancer for all children stricken with cancer.  I appreciate your support for St. Baldrick’s fight for our young super heroes battling cancer.

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