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THIS IS VINCE’S 4TH YEAR
OF HEAD-SHAVING FOR
ST. BALDRICK’S FOUNDATION
This picture just came in—March 5, 2016—
A couple of days before the head-shaving event:
If almost-12-year-old Vince can shave his head to bring attention to childhood cancer research, can you donate?
You can help Vince reach his personal goal of raising $500.00 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by clicking on Donate
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My first contact with childhood cancer occurred in February 1992 when I wrote an article about a child cancer victim.
Stephanie Erdice, 11, was diagnosed with acute non-lymphoblastic leukemia (ANLL) on January 11, 1991, after her mother, Gayle Erdice, noticed unexplainable bruises on her daughter’s legs and arms.
Gayle’s mind was focused on recovery, not ‘what ifs.’ One of many of what she called ‘miracle points’ was that the existence of a medical course of action for ANLL. Following an intense course of chemotherapy Stephanie received a bone marrow transplant from a suitable donor, her sister, Melissa.
On June 7, 1992, Stephanie was medically in good health. However, she couldn’t be pronounced ‘cured’ for 5 years. I wasn’t able to contact her for this article.
Fast forward to 2013.
My second contact with childhood cancer came when my grandson Vince informed me he was having his head shaved. The 8-year- old asked me to post the following e-mail:
- My name is Vince Holland and I am a 3rd grader at Fairfax Elementary School in Cleveland Heights (Ohio). One of my best friend’s has a 6 year old brother who is a 2 time cancer survivor. Each year around St. Patrick’s Day, they participate in a program called St. Baldrick’s (www.stbaldricks.org) which raises money for research into childhood cancer by having participants shave their head bald in solidarity with children fighting cancer. I have decided to join them this year as a shavee and am asking for your support.
Of course I became curious about this event and visited the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website . The foundation offices are The St. Baldrick’s Foundation offices are located at:
St. Baldrick’s Foundation, 1333 Mayflower Ave., Suite 400, Monrovia, CA, 91016
Their website stated:
It states that head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 to over 1,300 events in 2012, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, firehouses and any other place you can imagine. Persons volunteer to shave heads because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, and we stand proudly bald beside them. But the true goal—to cure childhood cancer—will be accomplished because, while shaving, we raise funds for lifesaving cancer research.
The 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…currently funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. The Foundation coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide, where volunteers get bald to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer and raise money to support life-saving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s events are the largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefitting pediatric cancer research.
Vince was, and still is, truly dedicated to this fundraiser. His mother, Tammy Owings, wrote about the 2013 event: Vince caught some sort of stomach virus and was sick about 2 hours before the event, but he wanted to do it and participate.
In February 2014 I received the following e-mail from Tammy:
- Vince has not had a haircut since last year’s St. Baldrick’s event…but that will change on March 16th. Once again, he will be shaving his head to raise money for childhood cancer research! Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.
- Two of his classmates have younger siblings who have had cancer. One is now cancer free, but the other is currently in treatment. So I figured, if he willing to shave his head, I should be willing to let him grow it long!
In 2015 Vince again lost his hair to a head-shaving.
March 2016 will soon be here sooner than anyone expects. The Fifth Annual Cleveland Heights Head-Shaving Event is scheduled for March 6. And yes, Vince is scheduled for his 4th head-shaving.
His team is Rox Rocks.
You can help Vince reach his personal goal of raising $500.00 by clicking on Donate
Learn more about the cancer research funding organization at St. Baldrick’s Foundation website .