From the St. Baldrick Foundation:
NORWICH – Norwich St. Baldrick’s today announced the appointment of Jamie Burchill of New Berlin as the new volunteer organizer of the local charity head shaving event in support of childhood cancer research.
Burchill is a seven-year volunteer with the organization. She started with the organization in 2015 as a ‘shaved one’, raising over $6,700, making her the biggest individual fundraiser in the event’s history. Burchill succeeds longtime volunteer and cleanse A. Wesley Jones, who is stepping down after 12 years with the organization, the last nine as an event organizer.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to help find cures for children with cancer. Volunteers, sponsored by family, friends and employers, shave their heads to show solidarity with children who commonly lose their hair during cancer treatment and in the process raise funds for childhood cancer research.
“I am delighted and honored to receive this torch. Since I joined this fundraiser in 2015, it has become such an important part of my life,” Burchill said. “I love the concept behind it – people sacrificing their vanity to help end an atrocity like childhood cancer.”
The local event is one of five major annual fundraisers in Chenango County, raising more than $30,000 annually and more than $370,000 since the event began locally in 2005. Hundreds of Head shaving events take place across the country and around the world, but Norwich remains one of the top 50 events started the year St. Baldrick’s organization was incorporated.
Despite a global pandemic and the need for virtual fundraising, this year’s St. Baldrick’s event in Norwich raised a record $38,168.
“It has been an honor to be a supporter of St. Baldrick’s from the start and to have volunteered for the past 12 years,” said Jones. “I’m especially proud of my son, Tyler, who helped get me shaved starting in 2005. Since then, Team Tyler has raised over $66,000 through our local events. »
Burchill’s appointment was confirmed by Norwich St. Baldrick’s planning committee, made up of volunteers, Pete and Deb DeVinne, Zach and Julie Wentworth and Briana Phelps.
“Jamie brings a ton of enthusiasm and new ideas for St. Baldrick’s continued growth here in Chenango County,” Jones said. “Along with our incredible committee members, Jamie will continue to lead the organization to new heights.”
“I have big shoes to fill. It seems almost inconceivable that this chapter of St. Baldricks could even function without (Jones). But I’m going to make him proud. Failure is not something I do well” , Burchill said of Jones’ transfer.
Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide, and in the United States, one in five children diagnosed will not survive. Those who survive often suffer the long-term effects of treatments that are too harsh on their developing bodies. From its inception, St. Baldrick’s believed that children deserved the chance to be children – fun, carefree, refreshingly honest and always a little goofy – and deserved the chance to have a healthy future. That’s why St. Baldrick’s is committed to funding the best childhood cancer research, wherever it takes place.
Donations raised at events like this have enabled St. Baldrick’s to fund more than $305 million, making it the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants.
About The St. Baldrick’s Foundation As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is leading the charge to save childhood from cancer. St. Baldrick’s funds some of the brightest experts in childhood cancer research who strive to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Children need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us on StBaldricks.org to help support the best childhood cancer research, no matter where it takes place.