Cancer is definitely one of the conditions that causes just as much emotional and mental damage as it does physical. And not just for the victim either, as most of the people that care about a cancer patient will also suffer non-physical scars that will last them for a long time.
And while we shouldn’t wish this consuming disease on even the worst of our enemies (who really has enemies these days?), reality is a cruel, unfair place. So, even though they really didn’t do anything to deserve it, about a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes.
Shave your head for cancer
There are so many charities out there, all of them trying to do the right thing, that it’s tough to actually keep track. But keeping track of them isn’t actually the important part. What truly matters is how much money they’re willing to give to research and treatment in order to improve the lives of the less fortunate.
One of the biggest charities based on funding research for childhood cancer and helping such survivors made a truly impressive effort on Sunday, as St. Baldrick’s Foundation shaved heads for cancer research. They did this by offering donations for every head shaved at a series of previously determined locations.
Not being an actual saint, or associated with any religion in particular, the charity’s patron saint is actually a play on words. Being so close to Saint Patrick’s Day and the event involving people shaving their heads, the foundation was named St. Baldrick.
It all started in 1999, when three successful businessmen were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in an Irish pub in Manhattan. The three, John Bender, Tim Kenny, and Enda McDonnell decided to do something to share their success. From the $104,000 donated in the first year, the foundation now raises over $30 million a year, as seen by last year’s donations of $36 million.
Of course, all this wouldn’t be possible without the participants willing to give up their precious hair. Most involved in the fund raiser either had someone going through the ordeals of cancer as a child, or they just wanted to do something special or important for those less fortunate.
Beards, mustaches, locks, and buzz cuts alike all came off this Sunday at multiple locations around Delaware, most from people experienced in tragedy. Lost siblings, close calls, and even cancer survivors went for the opportunity to help fund research in order to hopefully spare others the ordeal through which they went.
Having already collected some $2,500 before the event even started, the charity has managed to raise some $20.3 million this year. With the event still going on, the charity proudly announced that they raise more money for childhood cancers than any other organization except for the US government.
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