St Baldrick’s Fundraising Event On March 17

March 16, 2022

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is getting set to hold its 21st annual event tomorrow [March 17] starting at 6pm at Docksider’s.

A spokesperson said, “It’s about to get chillier around the ears for the participants of St Baldrick’s Bermuda as they bravely shave their heads in support of childhood cancer research. Both individuals and teams -totaling approximately 30 persons – have been raising money for childhood cancer research.

“St Baldrick’s Foundation provides Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre with an annual grant [10% of funds raised] to support the SunSmart Programme. SunSmart provides free education to schools and summer camps and aims to increase the awareness among our youth about the importance of practicing sun safe behaviors while outdoors to reduce their risk of developing skin cancers later in life.

A look back at the event in 2020:

“Here in Bermuda, we are celebrating 21 years of involvement with St Baldrick’s and during that time have raised over $7.4 million for childhood cancer research. This year’s event will kick off on Thursday March 17th starting at 6pm at Docksider’s. While attendance is limited to 100 persons, we encourage anyone to make a donation to a participant, whether you personally know them or not, by visiting the website.

“Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes! Founded in 1999, The St Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants, and has raised $314 million to find cures for childhood cancers and to give survivors long and healthy lives.

“As a result of research supported by St. Baldrick’s, the FDA approved a new drug that drastically increases the cure rate for high-risk neuroblastoma patients. It’s only the third approved drug in 20 years made specifically for kids with cancer.

“In June 2021, St. Baldrick’s needed $9.4 million if they were to fund every grant application that received an outstanding score but only $3.5 million was available and granted. A few dollars donated today can give a child a longer lifetime!”

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