Event fundraising

St. Baldrick’s Foundation event to raise money to find the best treatments for children with cancer – Oswego County Today

The Oz Brygade cast members pose after their shave. Photo provided by Daniel Witmer.

OSWEGO – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a voluntary organization dedicated to raising funds for childhood cancer research, will host its 16th annual St. Baldrick’s Day in Oswego County at the Best Western Plus Oswego Hotel and Conference Center on Sunday, April 24. where hopefully more than 100 ‘shavens’ will shave their heads to raise money for lifesaving research.

Every 2 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. One in five people will not survive, and those who do survive often suffer the long-term effects of treatments that are too harsh on their developing bodies.

Children are special, and at St. Baldrick’s, we treat them that way. From its inception, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation believed that children deserved the chance to be children – fun, carefree, refreshingly honest and always a bit goofy – and deserved the chance to have a future. .

That’s why donations raised at events like this have enabled St. Baldrick’s to fund more than $312 million since 2005 to support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as each child. The April 24 event will feature professional barbers and stylists volunteering their time and talents, various raffles, 50/50, sweepstakes and gift certificate cards, and a silent auction.

In its first 15 years, the Oswego event alone has raised over $865,000, and organizers are determined to continue their efforts until cures for all childhood cancers are found. .

“Our 2020 event was canceled a week before it was scheduled, but we still managed to raise over $68,000. Our 2021 campaign was virtual from start to finish, and we still raised over $46,000,” said committee member Dan Witmer. “We’re optimistic about the outcome over the next few months, but somehow we’re committed to doing everything we can. to help children, families, doctors and researchers who rely on the St. Baldrick Foundation for funding.”

The Fulton Police Benevolent Association has once again launched a quick fundraiser. With over 15 team members registered for this year’s event, their team has raised over $5,650 at press time.

Shaved people can register on www.stbaldricks.org and can receive donations by phone, online or in person. The website also includes fundraising tips for all volunteers who sign up.

“This year we are especially inviting fundraising teams to come together, maybe challenge a rival business, group, school, team, etc., and see who can raise more money,” said Dom Pike, longtime member of the committee. “The competition begins, and the next thing you know, everyone has exceeded their fundraising goals.”

About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation: As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation believes that children are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick’s funds are awarded to some of the world’s brightest experts in childhood cancer research and innovative explorers who bring with them the promise of a future free of childhood cancers. Children need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at StBaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for children.