In an effort to battle the tragedy of childhood cancer, the St. Baldrick's Foundation organizes events to help kids with cancer feel special for a day, all while raising the much-needed funds to advance the research into the disease.
This year, Molly Spillane's in Mamaroneck, NY will be hosting their own St. Baldrick's event. The highlight of the event is the volunteers' head-shave, which they submit to in exchange for donations as a sign of solidarity with children battling cancer. The committee is reaching out, in particular, to the thriving local Irish community for their support.
The New York GAA is already on board, as confirmed by the team's manager Justin O'Halloran. Players have have pledged to shave their heads as part of the evening's events, and hope to inspire others to brave the shave as well.
The event will offer fun for people of all ages. Besides the head-shaving, there will be a DJ, 50/50 raffles and merchandise for sale.
St. Baldrick's began in 1999 when three Irish business colleagues dared each other to give back following their great success. The trio came up with the idea of shaving their heads in exchange for donations to childhood cancer research.
18 years later, the foundation has been a great success. In 2015, after millions of dollars had been raised for research, the FDA approved a new drug that greatly increases the survival rates of those effected by high-risk neuroblastoma.
On March 25, Molly Spillane's will open its doors to those brave enough to shave, all in the name of research. To find out more about this year's event reach out to [email protected].
Here’s a promo video from a previous event: