GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) More than 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide each year. A foundation hopes to change that by – of all things – shaving heads!
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charity that raises awareness and money for children’s cancer research. It has donated more than $178 million since 2005, making it the largest donor to childhood cancer research outside the federal government.
Foundations like St. Baldrick’s help fund research at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Only a fraction of national funding for cancer research goes to children’s cancer causes. Yes, treatment advances and higher cure rates are impacting children and families every day. Funds help researchers speed the journey to more successful treatments and cures that have not been available in the past.
Students at the MSU College of Human Medicine went under the razor to help St. Baldrick’s. They are the first in a wave of West Michigan participants to help raise money for the foundation. The public is invited to a head shaving event on Sunday, March 6 at the 84th Street Pub and Grille in Byron Center, from noon to 5 p.m.