St. Baldrick’s Foundation: Conquer Childhood Cancer
Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. In our opinion that is too many! Think about it, in the time it takes to order a coffee, power up your laptop, or check your Instagram feed, a doctor is delivering a tragic diagnosis that will forever change a family. Well, in that same 2 minutes, you can support childhood cancer research. How? By shaving your head! What? Join the O’Loughlin’s family as we “Brave the Shave.” We invite you to join us on Sunday, March 10th at 11 am for our St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. In 2018, the foundation raised almost $36 million…Let’s help blow that number out of the water!
What is the St. Baldrick’s Foundation?
In 1999, a couple of friends (Tim Kenny, John Bender, and Enda McDonnell) challenged each other to give back to their community. What started as a dare transformed into a big idea. “Let’s shave our heads to raise donations for kids with cancer!” In 2000, they hoped to raise $17,000. However, this bold act of “baldness” managed to gather over $100,000! Only two years later, in 2002, they amassed over 1 million! In 2004, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation was officially formed, and since 2005, they have given over $232 million to research grant funding to help kids diagnosed with cancer.
How is Childhood Cancer different?
The St. Baldrick’s foundation often refers to “kids with cancer” as opposed to the technical medical term “childhood cancers” Here’s why. Childhood includes infants, children, teens, and young adults, right? The folks at St. Baldrick’s feels the term “kids,” while slang, is more inclusive. The problem is that often adolescents and young adults are treated as adults. However, if they received childhood cancer treatments survival rates improve by 30 percent!
But, even for those kids who do survive, the battle may not be over. Recent studies show that 95 percent of kids who received cancer treatments suffer from chronic health problems by the time they reach 45. Furthermore, 80 percent of those same adults will experience additional severe or life-threatening conditions.
How is St. Baldrick’s Helping?
In addition to funding research that focuses on finding cures, St. Baldrick’s Foundation also helps to fund studies for preventing the lifelong damage that often accompanies childhood cancer treatments. Additional monies are given to improving supportive care for patients during treatment and directly after. Here is a quick breakdown of how the funds are allocated:
- Adolescents & Young Adults — As mentioned before, there can be confusion in the medical community when treating this age group. Unfortunately, survival rates for this population seem to lag behind that of children and adults. Our goal is ensuring proper research which discovers appropriate treatments for these particular kids.
- Survivorship — Finding a cure is of utmost importance, quality of life for survivors is paramount. St. Baldrick’s also includes funding research geared at preventing late effects such as chronic health problems or other life-threatening conditions. As well as interventions for those patients currently experiencing issues.
- Supportive Care Research — Research nurses often conduct this research work in hospitals. It focuses on symptom management, quality of life, family coping skills, compliance with therapy and other areas of care for childhood cancer patients.
Brave the Shave!
So, are you ready to help us raise money to conquer childhood cancer? Our “Brave the Shave” Event is Sunday, March 10th. Join us at O’Loughlin’s Pub (1258 Bay Dale Drive, Arnold, MD) at 11 am. Contact us for more information.