Guest post by OBGR’s Brian Latimer regarding the recent St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event hosted in San Antonio, TX on March 12.
Originally posted to the OneBeacon Way to Give blog.
OBGR’s Brian Latimer and Christina Phelan participated at the recent St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event hosted in San Antonio, TX on March 12, 2016. Alongside Brian and Christina were Christina’s husband Dave (Team Captain), their son Aidan, and 4 friends. The group represented team Dylan Strong in honor of Dylan Vega (soccer mate and friend of Aidan’s) who is currently battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is thankfully doing well after a recent scare. Brian was also honored to shave on behalf of IT’s Richard DeHart in remembrance of his cousin Susan, who passed shortly after her 12th birthday. While St. Baldrick’s is still tallying the paper checks, the team raised over $9,000 for the 2016 event, surpassing the original team goal of $5,000! We had many generous sponsors including family and friends, but would like to give special thanks to the OneBeacon Charitable Trust for an amazing contribution of $2,000.
The event included 17 teams with approximately 125 “shavees” who raised nearly $100,000 locally in San Antonio! Numbers are still climbing as there was on-site fundraising, beard selling, silent auction, etc. Dave and Aidan have participated the last 3 years and this OBGR Brian’s 2nd year. The group is already looking forward to participating again in 2017, with the hopes that Christina and Brian’s girlfriend, Carol, will shave too!
St. Baldrick’s tidbits: The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is focused on childhood cancer and funding research for finding a cure. Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And 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. In the last 20 years, only three new drugs have been approved that were specifically developed to treat children with cancer and sadly, less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research – this is where St. Baldrick’s works to fill that gap.