Alpha alumna Casi Grabill and Zeta alumna Erin James are going under the clippers May 6 at a St. Baldrick’s event in Chicago to raise money for childhood cancer research. They are going bald in solidarity with kids who lose their hair while battling the disease. More than 160,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Despite progress, cancer remains the #1 killer of children in the U.S. and Canada. Since St. Baldrick’s began in 2000, “shavees” have helped raise more than $69 million, enabling the organization to grow into the world’s largest fundraising event for childhood cancer. The foundation made more than $12 million in research grants last year.
St. Baldrick’s grants help fund a number of research projects that provide new treatments and a better quality of life for patients.
“Anyone can run or walk a 5K, but how many people, especially women, are willing to sacrifice their hair for cancer research,” said Grabill who has over 10 inches of hair she is giving up.
She will donate much of her hair to Locks of Love before she shaves it. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. James, who works at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Hematology/Neurology Oncology, gets to see firsthand how the money raised by St. Baldrick’s is used and how much they benefit the fight against cancer.
“I feel really fortunate to be able to participate and to contribute to raising funds for research,” James said “My family lost 3 people last year to cancer and if being bald keeps someone else’s family from going through that…..it’s worth it!”
Lambda alumna Renee Egusa shaved her head at an event at the Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans on March 5. After shaving her head, Egusa was approached by a doctor and asked if she would be a buddy to a pediatric patient undergoing chemotherapy who was afraid of losing her hair.
“After meeting Bailey my outlook on life and medicine changed,” she said. “Bailey is a courageous 8 year old who always smiles despite treatments that make her sick and despite being stuck in the hospital. All I can say is that I’m lucky to have met Bailey.”
Each sister has a goal to raise $1,000. Please donate to this worthy cause by visiting each sister’s Web site. They are accepting donations before and after the event so feel free to share these links with everyone you know.
Or you can donate by phone at 888.899.BALD.