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Participant 661199

Joel Abraham
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!

Joel  Abraham Before Joel  Abraham After
Event Date
Apr 1, 2014
36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave
36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave
Chicago, IL US
Participant Roles
Shavee and Team Captain

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Your donations fund lifesaving children’s cancer research

$5,460 raised
$3,600 goal


I've never met Superman Sam (http://supermansamuel.blogspot.com/). I've only met his parents, Rabbis Phyllis (@imabima) and Michael Sommer (@Abba_Sababa), a few times. They are colleagues and fellow parents whose sense of humor I appreciate and twitter presence I follow. I have ached at the journey their family has been on - admired Sam's courage and cried at his fears. I wish that there was some way that I could give him strength other than the occasional comment on his blog. The sad fact is that there is little that I can do to fight the cancer in his body, little hope I can provide for him or his family. Phyllis and our mutual friend, Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr have come up with something that we can do - if not to help Sam, then to help others who will hopefully never have to go through what he is suffering. #36rabbis are going to shave their heads at the CCAR Convention this March in Chicago, not only to raise money from their extended circles for childhood cancer research, but to raise awareness as well - that there are not nearly enough resources dedicated to researching and fighting childhood cancers and cancer in children. The hope is that the image of 36 bald male and female rabbis will stand out enough so that people will pay attention, that grants will be given, funds will be allocated, and researchers will be able to focus not only on adults, but also the unique needs of children battling cancer.

You can help - certainly, you can donate to help us reach our goals. More importantly, you can spread the message. We need to help children beyond fulfilling their last wishes, by making sure they can keep dreaming. Signing on means that you care and the more who do, the more who will stand up for this important cause, the more likely that change will happen.

I'm shaving my head for that - so that when you see me and ask, "Where is your hair?" I can answer that it went to make a difference.

Thank you in advance for your help.


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!

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Kids Honored

Sam Sommer
  • Highland Park, IL US
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Deceased

Donor List

  • $500 - $999

    Rabbi Heidi M Cohen In Memory Of Sammy Sommer

  • Don Weber and Shira Stern in Memory of Rabbi Michael Abraham

  • $250 - $499

    Ms. Ellen J Berman

  • Competitive Fundraising

  • $100 - $249

    Lee & Michael

  • Rabbi Benjamin Goldstein In Memory Of Rabbi Michael Abraham

  • TBTT

  • The Six Family

  • Gil and Julie Isaacs Family In Memory Of Mrs. Debbi Zakarin

  • Janet, Jennifer, Francisco, Allison, & Gary In Memory Of Elliot Weinstein

  • Mr. Derek B Lipscombe

  • Ruth and Neil Smith In Honor Of "The Team"

  • Emily Serna

  • Microsoft (2)

  • $1 - $99

    Rebekah S In Memory Of Mike Claudio

  • Mrs. Linda M Nieporent In Honor Of Sam Sommer

  • Susn Sedwin In Honor Of Temple Sholom

  • Tobi B Feldman In Memory Of Mya Terry

  • Cathy Salomon

  • Gale, Ross, and Matt Miller

  • Suzanne, Jeff, Jessica and Emily Nagourney

  • Leslie Klieger In Honor Of The Sommer Family

  • Miss Samantha Garfield In Memory Of Sean Hanna

  • Bruce and Jill Harris

  • Amy Smith & Alex Wolfe In Honor Of Neil Smith

  • The Bernsteins

  • Barry & Barbara Wexler

  • Cantor Matt Axelrod

  • Mrs. Sandy DeFino

  • Mrs. Lisa W Litman

  • Elisa, Michael and David Juros In Memory Of Rabbi Michael Abraham

  • Robin Lyons

  • Leslie, Eitan, and Yael Klieger In Memory Of Rabbi Michael Abraham

  • Rabbi Julie Wolkoff In Memory Of Rabbi Michael Abraham

  • Smith/Saltzman Family

  • Rosen Chang/Chang Family In Memory Of Sam Sommer

  • Elisa, Eric, Sydney & Spencer Brown In Memory Of 2 Grandpas Named Burt

  • Mrs. Molly May

  • Ms. Linda Doernberg In Honor Of David May

  • Sandra Nussenfeld

  • R Katz-Watson

  • Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky in memory of Samuel Asher Sommer

  • Ms. Ellen J Berman

  • Lieberman Family In Memory Of Alexandra Ross

  • Kenneth Feibush In Memory Of Rabbi Michael Abraham

  • Julie, Harold, Matt and Sam Goetz In Memory Of Rabbi Michael Abraham

  • The Wolff Family

  • Joan and Robert Frier

  • Janis and Curt Rubin

  • Mrs. Sandra Abraham RN

  • Judy Sager

  • Jenny & Wes Winters In Memory Of Jennifer Weingart

  • Jennifer Strauss

  • Barbara & Lou Cooke

  • Robyn S

  • A Camp Buddy In Honor Of Capt. Joel Abraham

  • Jodi Kaufman

  • Sue Thornton In Memory Of Gert Klassel

  • The Maiten Family

  • Jessica Malberg

  • Mr. Shawn M Fogel

  • Linda Wolf In Memory Of Sam Sommer

  • Mr. Robert A Phillips

  • Mrs. Brenda Goodman

  • David and Valerie Klein In Memory Of Miles Klein

  • Rabbi Jill L Maderer

  • Debra Kassoff In Honor Of our #RabbisintheBackRow team captain

  • Mr. Greg Kellner

  • Andrew Sandor

  • The Sharlein Family

  • Anonymous

  • Amy and Peter Stein

  • Edward Bort

  • Jacob Kaufman

  • Ms. Erica B Santiago In Honor Of Mrs. Elaine Shapiro

  • Beth Dubiel

  • Anonymous In Memory Of Samuel Sommer

  • Jerome & Molly Kern

  • Jodye & Gary Darwin

  • Paula Cohen-Martin In Memory Of Ms. JuLing Tan

  • Rabbi Eric B Stark

  • Jennifer Mamlet

  • The Pritchett Family

  • The Blaschak Family

  • The Bernstein Family

  • Mr. Allen C Darwin

  • Lisa and Timothy Lynch

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