For the 4th straight year I’m going to get my head shaved to support St. Baldrick’s in their mission to cure childhood cancer.
St. Baldrick’s is a great charity that raises money specifically for pediatric cancer research in part via events at which “shavees” raise funds via pledges that they will get their heads shaved.
Children facing a cancer diagnosis not only have to deal with that reality of having cancer, but also often face side effects from their treatments such as chemo and radiation that can lead to baldness. Thus, there is solidarity between the shavees and the childhood cancer patients in addition to the fund raising.
Please consider supporting the UC Davis School of Medicine Team, which I am captaining again this year. Our team (picture a couple years back post-shave) includes faculty, graduate and medical students from UC Davis School of Medicine.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
How might you celebrate?
At least in part you might consider supporting St. Baldrick’s, which is a wonderful foundation that supports research on children’s cancer.
Every year they have a very cool event where supporters of the organization get their heads shaved to raise money for the cancer research. In the past St. Baldrick’s has, for example, supported my lab’s research on the role of the N-Myc protein in the most common childhood brain tumor, medulloblastoma.
This is done also in solidarity with the kids who have cancer who frequently lose their hair due to chemo or radiation.
My lab has participated in the St. Baldrick’s shaving events for 3 years now including a week ago at de Vere’s Pub in Sacramento.
You can see my bald head in the picture above.
For the last couple years I’ve been the team captain for the UC Davis School of Medicine team.
How can you help?
Please consider a donation to our team here.
Every bit helps and it is not too late to make a positive difference for the kids with cancer.
The funds all go to St. Baldrick’s to support cancer research and help the kids and their families.
Last night there was a great fund-raising event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for children’s cancer research here in Sacramento.
I was honored to captain the UC Davis School of Medicine Team (see at left). So far we have raised almost $2,500 for St. Baldrick’s. Please consider pitching in via this link.
You can help kids with cancer and it’s tax deductible.
Our team post-shave from left-to-right includes me, Ben Yuen (grad student in my lab), Adam Shellito (med student), and Nathan Vanden Berge (med student). I’m proud of these guys for taking the plunge to help kids with cancer.
It’s definitely an interesting experience getting your head shaved. I was particularly impressed with the many women there, often with very long hair, who bravely participated. Talk about heroes!
Some did double duty by helping St. Baldrick’s and donating their hair to Locks of Love, another great organization helping kids.
St. Baldrick’s is the top children’s cancer foundation and does amazing work for kids with cancer and their families.
Their top fundraising event is a head-shaving program where people make pledges in support of a “shavee” who gets their head shaved in solidarity with kids with cancer who often lose their hair due to treatment.
I’ve formed a St. Baldrick’s UC Davis School of Medicine fundraising team and I’m also a shavee myself this year.
I did it last year too and was surprised I didn’t look too bad with a totally bald head.
As a cancer survivor myself, I feel very strongly about this amazing organization. They have also supported pediatric cancer research ongoing in my lab on cancer stem cells.
Please consider pledging a donation here by sponsoring me as I get my head shaved. Every donation helps!