SAVANNAH Georgia (February 24, 2009) - Each year, thousands of brave men, women, and children ask their friends, family or coworkers: "How much would you give to see me shave my head for childhood cancer research?"
On Saturday, March 7, 2009, this scene will play out in Center Court at Savannah Mall—12:30-4:00 PM. St. Baldrick’s event planners hope for 200 participants in 2009.
“In 2008 the St. Baldrick’s fundraising event moved to Savannah Mall. Sixty-five men and 14 women shaved their heads in a cause to underwrite the high costs to fight childhood cancer. The prior year the event was held in a pub and had 24 participants,“ reports Heide Elliott, local coordinator.
“With their parent’s permission, children may participate. Some have family members or friends struggling with the disease. Taking part gives each participant a sense of doing what one can,“ adds Ms. Elliott.
LOCAL CHILDREN WITH CANCER BENEFIT
Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health University Medical Center is one of the 230 institutions that receives funds from the St. Baldrick Foundation.
“Anytime a child suffers, it is heart-wrenching. Last winter when the story of a brave, young Brendan Foster aired on TV, his struggle with leukemia really touched my heart. This darling boy reminded so many of us that even one young person can make a difference. Sadly, Brendan died but he left a legacy from his wish to help the homeless,“ shares Senea Crystal, marketing director at Savannah Mall.
“Savannah Mall’s wish is that our efforts will help make a difference for children who struggle with cancer in our region. Who can sit on the sidelines when we know that children are suffering?“ questions Ms. Crystal.
Additional Savannah-area pediatric cancer facts—
Approximately 30 children in our area are being treated for cancer.
12 children died from cancer in this area in 2008.
Savannah has 3 pediatric oncologists (doctors who specialize in taking care of children with cancer).
Backus Children’s hospital has a team of nurses dedicated to the care of children with cancer.
“The funds raised through the St. Baldrick events help to fund clinical trials. Childhood cancer is so rare, that no one children’s hospital will see enough of it to find the cure alone…. We must work together as part of a cooperative group,“ states Ms. Elliott.
So, what’s the origin of the name? St. Patrick (the day it started) + Bald (most kids with cancer lose their hair) = St. Baldrick. “I do hope you will help us Shave the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer!“ concludes Ms. Elliott. For more information contact Heide Elliott, telephone (912) 856-1372.
ABOUT ST. BALDRICK’S
The first St. Baldrick’s event took place on March 17, 2000 at Jim Brady’s Pub in New York City. Reinsurance executives turned their annual St. Patrick’s day party into a fundraiser shaving their heads in solidarity with children with cancer. The goal: 17 heads shaved, $17,000 raised on the 17th of March. They exceeded their goal when 20 shavees raised $100,000.
From 2000 to 2008, over 72,000 shavees -– more than 5,200 women –- have shaved their heads at over 1,200 St. Baldrick’s events, raising over $50 million dollars with head-shavings in 46 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and 18 countries. Worldwide 160,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year and despite tremendous progress, cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. and Canada. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is an independent, IRS approved, 501(c)(3) organization.—http://www.www.StBaldricks.org • Telephone 888-899-BALD.
ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Savannah Mall is a one million square foot shopping mall that opened in July 1990 in Savannah, Georgia. With new ownership (2007), today the mall has six anchors of Bass Pro Shops, Burlington Coat Factory, Dillards, Target and A.C. Moore. There are approximately 100 stores, including a new Victoria Secret, Gap/Gap Kids, Lane Bryant, Texas Roadhouse, Ruby Tuesday, Bath & Body Works, Claires, Cold Stone Creamery, Foot Locker, Spencers Gifts, and more. A food court is on the upper level of the mall and features a carousel, the only permanent carousel in the Savannah market. At the newly expanded Center Court a variety of different functions take place from fashion and flower shows, educational art exhibits to Santa Claus at Christmas. Telephone 912-927-7467, 14045 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419, Email firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.savannahmall.com