Rocking the bald for kids with cancer
On Saturday, July 15, Randall Children's hosted an event at the hospital to raise money for cancer research.
With more children lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease and about 1 in 285 being diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20 years, finding a cure is imperative. Partnering with The St. Baldrick's Foundation
, a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government, a fun-filled family event ensued.
Hospital staff, physicians, patients, and families celebrated together remembering those who have lost their battle to cancer and joining together for those that are still fighting. "Seeing everyone together on the same floor as the hospital's Children’s Cancer Clinic
was inspiring," said Jaime Manley, a hospital employee, and fourth-year shavee. "Everyone here is joining together to beat cancer and actively trying put us out of business!! I love it!!"
The hospital's team, the Randall Children's Chia Heads, were joined by close to 200 people, including five other teams raising funds and shaving heads. Partnering with SportsClips, 65 heads were shaved and over $38,000 was raised for cancer research. "This one-day event is great for bringing a community of warriors together to raise awareness," said Jason Glover, MD
, a pediatric oncologist at Randall Children's Hospital. "But, cancer research is a year-long job and with only 4% of federal funding focused on pediatric cancer research, we have a long way to go."
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