Bald Is Back! St. Baldrick’s Foundation Sets Goal To Raise $20 Million For Childhood Cancer Research In 2009

January 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has set a goal to raise $20 million in 2009. With a mission of Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer, St. Baldrick’s coordinates worldwide head-shaving events with volunteer “shavees” raising money to support childhood cancer research.

“Despite the economic downturn, St. Baldrick’s raised more than $17 million in funds during 2008 making it our most successful year to date,” says Kathleen Ruddy, executive director for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “We are grateful for all of the support from our generous donors, courageous shavees, dedicated organizers and outstanding volunteers. Childhood cancer is devastating and our quest for a cure continues despite these uncertain financial times. St. Baldrick’s 2009 goal is more critical than ever and we encourage all of our shavees to bring a buddy with them to Be Brave, Get Bald and join us in this important cause.”

St. Baldrick’s was created by three Irish-American businessmen and the first head-shaving event was held on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City in 2000. Since then, St. Baldrick’s has raised more than $51 million by hosting over 1,700 head-shaving events and shaving more than 73,000 heads in 18 countries and 48 U.S. states. In 2008, research and infrastructure grants, fellowships and scholar awards, totaled more than $15 million.

Want to go bald for a great cause? Interested supporters can join the fight and visit to locate an event in their community, organize an event, pledge to shave or donate money to St. Baldrick’s and become a hero for kids with cancer.

About The St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation makes grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and to find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The Foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is grateful to its many volunteers (bald or not!) and donors, including HeadBlade Ultimate Headcare, PartnerRe, elope and QBE for making life-saving childhood cancer research possible.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation



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