Many of you are aware of Lori’s involvement with St. Baldrick’s through her association with the 46 Mommas. The Mommas are just a small part of a very large organization that does an incredible amount of good for children with cancer.
In 1999, three successful businessmen (Tim Kenny, John Bender, and Enda McDonnell) come up with an idea to give back. They would shave their heads to raise money for children with cancer. At the next St. Patrick’s Day party, hosted in Jim Brady’s Pub in NY, they host an event with the goal of shaving 17 heads and raising $17,000. They end up shaving 19 heads and raising $104,000 to fund the research of the Children’s Oncology Group. Within just two years, by 2002, their efforts raises it’s first $1 million. Two years after that, in 2004, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is created. Today, St. Baldrick’s has raised over $200,0000,000 for childhood cancer research funding.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick’s events are the largest volunteer-powered fundraising opportunity benefiting pediatric cancer research. Their funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world – including the first Pediatric Cancer Dream Team – and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow.
Of every dollar raised, 74% funds research to find a cure, 22% goes to fundraising (website, phones, postage, printing, t-shirts, office space, staff, etc.) and 4% goes to administration (accounting, distributing and monitoring grants, etc.). St. Baldrick’s takes its responsibility to be efficient and good stewards of every dollar donated very seriously, and strives to put the most funding possible into the hands of researchers who can cure childhood cancers.
As opposed to many of the other cancer societies out there who focus mainly on adult cancers, St. Baldrick’s focuses purely on childhood cancer.
If you would like more information about the organization or information about becoming a shavee or a shaving event, please visit their website athttp://stbaldricks.org .
If you would like to donate to Lori’s 46 Momma shave (all funds go to St. Baldrick’s) please visit her page at Lori’s 46 Mommas Page