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Participant 504594

Jay Groce
is Shaving to Cure Childhood Cancers

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

Jay Groce Before Jay Groce After
Event Date
Mar 16, 2012
12:00 pm
Fado Irish Pub
Fado Irish Pub
1735 19th St
Denver, CO US
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Your donations fund lifesaving children’s cancer research

$2,854 raised
$3,000 goal


I've answered the call to be a hero! I'm having my head shaved to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, but more importantly, to raise money to find cures. Please support me with a donation to the St. Baldrick's Foundation. This volunteer-driven charity funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Your gift will give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. So when I ask for your support, I'm really asking you to support these kids. Thank you

Why we are raising money to fight kid's cancer - by Carrie Mahan Groce

As you may have noticed, for the second year, our family is choosing to honor Emmy's memory during the week of her death by participating in the St. Baldrick's yearly fundraising event. Jay, will be shaving his head next Friday in solidarity and support of childhood cancer patients.

We feel good about doing this in Memory of Emmy, because we feel very strongly that it sucks when a kid dies. It's a terrible, horrible thing for a family to have to go through. So, we support causes that help reduce the childhood death rate; and the fact of the matter is, more kids die from cancer than from other diseases. So, fighting cancer will (hopefully) save kids' lives. I have read all the statistics and I won't bore you with them, but the gist is this. Not very many kids die from illness like Emmy did, anymore (she died from MRSA complicated pneumonia, btw), though 100 years ago they did. As a society we have already worked hard to reduce death from general illness (flu, pneumonia, strep, measles, mumps etc. whether complicated by MRSA or not). Emmy dying from what she did was like "winning" the lottery, the odds were much higher that she would get cancer or be killed in an accident (or even murdered). So in that regard, if our goal, as a family, is to use our limited charity dollars to reduce the number of families that have to suffer the death of a child then we will support those causes, in Emmy's name and memory, that have the greatest chance of impact.

The reason we have chosen childhood cancer is a more personal matter.

Just six weeks before Emmy died another family in our circle of friends suffered the death of their two year old, Tuesday. Tuesday Whitt had been fighting cancer (Neuroblastoma) for 6 months before she passed away; you can read more about Tuesday at http://www.stbaldricks.org/kids/mypage/kidid/2751. While our family was acquainted with the Whitt family, we were not yet friends. However, in the three years since our daughters' deaths we have become so. I would now count them among my dearest and closet friends. And so, we "enjoy" helping them in their fight against pediatric cancer and hope that fewer families have to suffer through the death of a child in the future. The Whitt's attended their first St. Baldrick's event the very same day that Emmy died and the two things have seemed tied together ever since.

Now - how about you help us help the Whitts and St. Baldricks fight childhood cancer. Donate now. Please. Click "Make a donation" to give online, or donate by phone or mail.

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Kids Honored

Tuesday Whitt
  • Parker, CO US
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Angel

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Donor List

  • $500 - $999

    The Vesper Family In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • $250 - $499

    Geris Family

  • $100 - $249

    Jay's Mom and S.Dad In Memory Of Tuesday Whitt

  • The Levy's In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Mr. Walker Rheem In Memory Of Miss Emmy Groce

  • Anonymous

  • Riley Grace & her family In Memory Of Sweet Emmy - forever

  • Lynn Paget In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Dennis and Deitra Dupray

  • $1 - $99

    Ms. Dorothy L Shapland

  • Emily Mazzeo

  • Erin Roecker

  • Jaylynn K Milstein In Honor Of Emmy Groce

  • Becky and Rachel/The Roze Team

  • Erin Spears In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Taryn Fort Doyle

  • Judy Becerra

  • Jasmine S Kilpatrick In Memory Of Miss Emmy Groce

  • Kate Sitzman In Memory Of Miss Emmy Groce

  • Emmy Groce

  • Maryann Esh In Memory Of Tuesday & Emmy

  • in memory of beautiful emmy

  • Chris & Linda Kuhrt In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Tamara Tureson

  • Kathy Loan

  • Anonymous

  • Brennan Family In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Ms. Lisa C Krause

  • The Coogan Family

  • Bertha Becker

  • Roxy Fredrickson In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Karen A Heisler In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • The Osgoods In Memory Of Emmy and Tuesday

  • Mrs. Kris A Kirk

  • The Luevanos Family, Jorge, Kristen, Keana and Diego

  • Ms. Julie Slane

  • Emmy

  • Mike & Erin Stefanski In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • The Probs Fam In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Valerie Siebert In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Jeremy, Amy, Dashel and Ivy Jensen

  • Rita & Todd In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Jamie Charbonneau & Family

  • London, Elizabeth and Lily - Cookies for Cancer

  • Jane Staller

  • Terri Swearingen In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Meg Druyor

  • The Blaylock Family

  • Anonymous In Memory Of Miss Emmy Groce

  • Dyer family

  • Sharon Januchowski In Memory Of Emmy Groce

  • Will Geris In Honor Of Emmy Groce

Thank you to our National Partner

League of Legendary Heroes

Badge for a Squire of Hope

Jay Groce has joined the ranks of: Squire of Hope

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

Funding lifesaving childhood cancer research has never been more important. Make a donation & save lives.