St. Mark's On Track To Raise $50,000 For St. Baldrick's Shave March 23

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 fifth year at St. Mark School in Cleveland on March 23, 2018, 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 hopes to once again hit its goal of $50,000, which it has met each of the past four years. The school is nearly a halfway to meeting that goal and raising $250,000 overall 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 West Park Barbershop, Sports Clips Illusions Unlimited, and Reagle Beagle are donating stylists to shave the manes. 

“Every year we continue to raise money to save our family, friends, classmates, and friends who are affected. They are the bravest ones of all. We fight 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 who died at 16 months from a rare pediatric cancer. 

Martin’s nephew, Gavin Cole, will be an honoree again this year along with Michael Orbany, who died in 2014, St. Mark student Gianna Andolina, plus Shane Haddad, Alexis Haylor Liam Waldron, and Maria McNamara, whose family started the sunflower field along I-90 in her honor and to raise money for pediatric cancer research. 

Content Marketing Institute founder Joe Pulizzi will serve as emcee of the event. Speakers will include Dr. Mari Dallas, pediatric cancer specialist from University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University. 

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, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

If you would like to contribute to the St. Mark event, visit www.stbaldricks.org and search for St. Mark Shave Your Mane on March 23.

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 7:14 PM, 03.20.2018