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Sunday, March 15, 2009


St. Baldrick's Day!

The concept of St. Baldrick's was devised in 1999 by three Irish-American reinsurance executives from New York City, and grew from a single event to a nationwide effort in a relatively short period of time, now known as the world’s largest volunteer fundraiser for childhood cancer research. The founders decided to turn their St. Patrick's Day party into a benefit for pediatric oncology research by shaving their heads, thereby showing solidarity with children undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Therefore, the name of the Foundation is a play on the words Bald and Patrick - going bald on St. Patrick’s Day, led to St. Baldrick’s.

Since 2000 through May 2008, the St. Baldrick's Foundation has raised over $48.5 million, hosted over 1,700 events and shaved over 71,000 heads in 48 U.S. states and 18 counties.

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