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LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS MAKE ‘BALD’ STATEMENT FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER

LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS MAKE ‘BALD’ STATEMENTS FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER 

Keaton Raphael Memorial Announces 12TH Annual St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Events Raising Funds for Childhood Cancer Research

 Registration is now open for Keaton Raphael Memorial’s 12th Annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head Shaving Extravaganzas designed to raise funds, on a local and national level, to support childhood cancer research. In solidarity with children battling cancer “Heroes” get their heads shaved by Supercuts stylists in front of thousands, in return for pledges of financial support.

This year’s celebrations are scheduled to take place March 8 at deVere’s Irish Pub in Davis, deVere’s Irish Pub in Sacramento on March 12, and Westfield Galleria at Roseville on March 15. To sign up, as an individual or team, shavees can visit www.getbald.com

Why all the shaved heads?

  • Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 3 minutes
  • In the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.
  • Two-thirds of children treated for childhood cancer will suffer long-term effects from treatment including loss of hearing and sight, heart disease, secondary cancers, learning disabilities, infertility and more.
  • In the last 20 years, only two new drugs have been specifically developed to treat children with cancer and
  • Before they turn 20, about 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will have cancer.

With less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget directed to childhood cancer research, Keaton Raphael Memorial’s St. Baldrick’s fundraising events are vital to continue saving lives against this devastating disease.

As one of the top 2013 St. Baldrick’s nationwide campaigns, Keaton Raphael Memorial events brought in almost $600,000 and shaved over 1,000 heads. Over the 11 years they have been able to raise over 4.7 million with over 1 million funding research at local UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. This year KRM, Westfield Galleria, and deVere’s Irish Pubs are aiming for higher numbers and goals with a mission to get more and more shavees and team involved in the fight against childhood cancer.

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About Keaton Raphael Memorial

The Keaton Raphael Memorial is dedicated to supporting children with cancer and their families by providing emotional, educational, and financial support, while increasing awareness and funding research towards a cure. For more information about Keaton Raphael Memorial please visit www.childcancer.org

About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $125 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.