St. Mark On Track To Raise $50K For Pediatric Cancer Research

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events for the fourth year at St. Mark School in Cleveland on March 10, 2017, where nearly 100 students, staff, parents, and other family members will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to conquer childhood cancers.

St. Mark last year raised $49,552 and this year organizers hope to hit $50,000. The school is nearly a halfway to meeting that goal. In the past three years, St. Mark has raised $145,000 for pediatric cancer research. Besides soliciting donations from the community and local businesses, participants are also holding bake sales and restaurant fundraisers in support of St. Baldrick’s and the Shave Your Mane event. Hair salons such as Sports Clips Illusions Unlimited, Dante Lucci are donating stylists to shave the manes.

“Kids cancer has affected our family, as well as friends, neighbors and classmates. Each year we meet new families whose child is battling a form of pediatric cancer.  So we continue to raise money and awareness for those who are affected. They are the brave ones. We shave for them,” said event coordinator and St. Mark parent Heidi Martin, who was inspired to stage St. Mark’s first St. Baldrick’s shave event in 2014 by her young nephew died at 17 months from a rare pediatric cancer, AT/RT.

Martin’s nephew, Gavin Cole, will be an honoree this year along with Michael Orbany, who died in 2014, St. Mark student Gianna Andolina, plus Alexis Haylor Liam Waldron, and Ashley Nelich. The event will also honor Maria McNamara, whose family started Prayers From Maria,, to bring more targeted, lifesaving treatments to children battling glioma brain tumors and the sunflower field along I-90 in her honor. St. Bladrick’s honored kid, Shane Hadded is also honored and his family’s organization, Shanerock,, which helps families fighting pediatric cancer.

Content Marketing Institute founder Joe Pulizzi will serve as emcee of the event. Speakers will include Michael Orbany’s mother, Georgianne, and 7-year-old Liam Waldron, who is the nephew of a St. Mark teacher and a bone cancer warrior.

Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, which is why St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017