Family and Friends Shave Day to Support St. Baldrick’s Foundation on February 22
Public Encouraged to Support Volunteer Shavees!
Clients, parents, friends and supporters of the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada will gather on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in support of the lifesaving childhood cancer research provided through St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the many warriors who have undergone treatment.
Family and Friends Shave Day is an annual fundraiser where individuals and teams who have gathered donations will brave the shave on stage. All the money raised at the event is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest funder of childhood cancer research grants outside of the U.S. Government. Because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, shaves show their support by shaving their heads voluntarily and inspiring friends and family to donate money to support research.
“This is a wonderful and touching event,” said Annette Logan, CEO of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “While we are gathering in support of childhood cancer research and doing all we can to raise funds for them, many are also shaving their head in honor of someone near and dear to them and it can be very emotional.”
Among the individuals having their head shaved at the event:
- Dr. Jonathan Bernstein – Founder of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada. This will be his ninth head shave.
- Dr. Alan Ikeda – Director of Oncology at the Children’s Specialty Center. This will be his third head shave.
- Dr. Alexandra Walsh – Oversees the Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for childhood cancer survivors at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada. This will be her FIRST head shave!
The event will kick off at 2 p.m. at L’Oracle Gym, 7020 W. Warm Springs Road (Near Warm Springs & Rainbow), Suite 170, Las Vegas.
Organizers have committed to a $25,000 fundraising goal on Family and Friends Shave Day. Last year, a total of $28,897.00 was raised at the event.
Donations are gladly accepted and the public can easily support those individuals or teams who have already committed to have their heads shaved. Go to http://bit.ly/LasVegasHeadShave to make a donation, or call (888) 899-2253.
Last year, Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St Baldrick’s Foundation and Annette Logan CEO and President of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation both shaved their heads (Kathleen’s second shave, Annette’s sixth) in support of childhood cancer research and in honor of the many warriors who did not survive. Video: http://youtu.be/xSZjf2X-uBw
Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada patient Taylor Hammond shaves Jonathan Bernstein, M.D. during the St. Baldrick’s head shaving event at L’Oracle Gym in 2014. Bernstein, Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada Medical Director, has shaved his head eight times in support of kids with cancer and to support ongoing research into the causes of childhood cancer through St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Stylist Britnie Revell of Mosaic Salon offers assistance.
About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation: The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and the Hemophilia Treatment Center Of Nevada are funded, in part, by the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. The 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization was founded in 2007 by Dr. Jonathan Bernstein to ensure children with life threatening illnesses received proper medical attention regardless of their family’s income or presence of health insurance. To date, more than 8,000 patients have been treated by physicians and medical staff at the Children’s Specialty Center and Hemophilia Treatment Center. The Children’s Specialty Center provides medical treatment to children facing devastating diseases such as cancer, rheumatological diseases, as well as rare and ultra rare diseases. All our providers are Board Certified in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. The Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) of Nevada is the only Federally recognized HTC in the state. It is one of 140 HTCs around the country which provides individual services to children and adults with inherited bleeding disorders. Studies show people with Hemophilia who are treated at Federally recognized HTCs have lower overall healthcare costs, lower hospitalization rates and lower mortality rates than non-HTC users. The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care plan ensures patients at The Children’s Specialty Center and the Hemophilia Treatment center receive medical treatment regardless of family income or presence of medical insurance. www.cure4thekids.org