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Hometown Heroes ‘Brave the Shave’ to Help Fight Childhood Cancer with St. Baldrick’s Foundation

A SusanvilleStuff Feature
By Jeremy Couso

First some scary facts… more children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease, and before they turn 20, about 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will be diagnosed with cancer.

Somewhere in the world a child is diagnosed with a form of cancer every 3 minutes.

In the 1950s almost all children diagnosed with cancer died, but because of research, today about 85% of kids with the most common type of cancers will live. For many other rarer types of childhood cancers progress has been limited, and for some kids there is still little hope for a cure.

These childhood cancers are different from adult cancers, tending to occur in other areas of the body, and responding differently to treatment. Also, childhood cancer is not just one disease but many major types, and countless subtypes, each requiring specific research to develop the best treatment for every child.

What is St. Baldrick’s Foundation?

St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in the year 2000 to over 1,300 events last year, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research.

Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, firehouses and any other place you can imagine.

These fundraisers come in all shapes and sizes with people shaving their heads in Hong Kong and Honolulu and everywhere in between all with one goal – to cure childhood cancer.

Here in the Susanville the head-shaving event will be held at the Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel.

What does the Foundation do? Where does that money go?

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for life-saving childhood cancer research and funds more in childhood cancer grants than any organization except for the U.S. government.

Since the foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $101 million to support the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and an army of St. Baldrick’s volunteers have made it possible to award $103 million in grants since 2005–more than $25 million in 2012 alone to help fight childhood cancers through research.

The foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community who help the Foundation set research funding priorities so that every dollar makes the greatest impact possible. Your contribution impacts children who are being treated at more than 215 children’s hospitals throughout the United States.

Head-Shaving Around the World

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide, where volunteers get bald to stand in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to support life saving childhood cancer research.

Between 2000 to 2013, more than 298,000 shavees have shaved their heads at more than 6,800 St. Baldrick’s signature head-shaving events worldwide.

In 2012, more than 1,300 events were held and more than 56,000 volunteers shaved their heads – the most in St. Baldrick’s history.

Right here at home

Diamond Mountain Casino has a very impressive history of fundraising for both local victims of childhood cancers and to support research of the disease through various organizations. When casino employees learned of the work of the St. Baldrick’s foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research, they knew it was something they wanted to support.

The event is being held in memory of local youth who were affected by childhood cancers; Michael Cochran, Zara Jereda, Anthony Edeyaoch, Kendall Ridgebear and Brittany McCalmon.

97 Susanville Heros Looking to Raise 10,000 Dollars 

At the bottom of this post you will find 97 different people who are helping raise funds at tomorrow’s head-shaving event. Find someone you know, someone you like, and donate in their name. We’ve made it so when you click on someone’s name you will be taken straight to their donation page at St. Baldrick’s.

Your gift will give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. So when these 97 local heros ask for your support, they are really asking you to support these kids.

The event starts at 3:00p.m. Saturday, May 18th, at the Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel 900 Skyline. You can call 888.899.2253 to donate, or you can follow these handy links to donate online.

The List of Hometown Heroes who are making a difference for St. Baldricks.

Just click on a name to be taken to each individual donation page!


[column width=”25%” margin_right=”5%” background=”#ffffff”]Elena Kruegel

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Hillary Chase

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Heather (Hepburn) Kolsen

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Campbell Jamieson

  • Shavee and Team Captain
  • DMC&H

Lindsay Magee

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Josh Gonzales

  • $255 raised
  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Frank Sungino

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Jarrito L.

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Rianne Barnes

  • Shavee

Jesse J.

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Jim Erickson

  • Shavee
  • Team D’s & E’s

Jesse E.

  • Shavee
  • Team D’s & E’s

Bob Nay

  • Shavee and Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Radley Shipes

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Jesse Sandei

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

David Solari

  • Shavee
  • KSUEradioactives

David Sweeney

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

jim barry

  • Shavee
  • Susanville Firefighters

mark fessler

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Bradley Medvin

  • Shavee
  • Susanville Firefighters

Matt Wolcott

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Andrew Thomas

  • Shavee
  • Susanville Firefighters

Michelle Moose

  • Volunteer
  • Team Onio

Tammy Gray

  • Treasurer and Lead Organizer
  • DMC&H

Marilyn Gonzales

  • Lead Treasurer
  • DMC&H

Bruce Rummel

  • Shavee
  • Susanville Firefighters

Samuel Williams

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Chevy Holliday

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

William Egan

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Jamie Edeyaoch

  • Volunteer
  • Team Onio

Elmer Peri

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Sam Ridgebear

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Aaron Dixon

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

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[column width=”25%” margin_right=”5%” background=”#ffffff”]NY Yaoch

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Joseph Sharp

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Michelle Wolf

  • Shavee
  • Lassen County Sheriff’s Office

Roman Y.

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Christian C.

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

lucian c.

  • Shavee
  • the cowans

Gina Pontarolo

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Rollie E.

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Gina & Tia Solari

  • Volunteer
  • KSUEradioactives

Frank Edeyaoch

  • Shavee, Team Captain and Volunteer
  • Team Onio

Jason Poppin

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Gary Gladstone

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Frank Chambers

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Beatriz Fernandez

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

leon myers

  • Shavee
  • Susanville Firefighters

Shirley Wright

  • Shavee, Team Captain and Volunteer
  • Senior Getaway

Aaron Duerksen

  • Shavee
  • KSUEradioactives

Scott Dixon

  • Shavee and Team Captain
  • Team D’s & E’s

Carol Van Amburg

  • Registrar

Davon Joseph

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

rhonda welsh

  • Barber and Barber Coordinator

Logun Johnston

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Dennis Hurd

  • Shavee

Julie James

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Aleesa Lane-Lawrence

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Jannia Mobley

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Robert Wiener

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Carole Lowry

  • Team Captain and Volunteer
  • Team LIHC

Mylah Hansen

  • Volunteer
  • Team LIHC

Mike Smith

  • Shavee, Team Captain and Volunteer
  • KSUEradioactives

James Moore

  • Shavee and Team Captain
  • Susanville Firefighters

Laura Gardner

  • Barber and Volunteer
  • DMC&H

[/column]
[column width=”25%” background=”#ffffff”]
Suzanne Rice

  • Barber
  • DMC&H

Danica Anderson

  • Barber
  • DMC&H

Denise Donohue

  • Barber
  • DMC&H

Karma Honeycutt

  • Barber
  • DMC&H

Jackie Jacob

  • Treasurer and Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Shawna Mallery

  • Barber
  • DMC&H

Angie Pierce

  • Barber
  • DMC&H

Tom Hernandez

  • Shavee
  • Susanville Firefighters

Lona Ibanitoru

  • Volunteer
  • Team LIHC

Andrerw Jarrett

  • Shavee
  • Susanville Firefighters

shanae thibeau

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Angela Lewis

  • Team Captain and Volunteer
  • Lassen County Sheriff’s Office

Yvette Proffer Quinteros

  • Volunteer
  • Lassen County Sheriff’s Office

Lidio Soriano

  • Shavee
  • Lassen County Sheriff’s Office

Keenan Mcnutt

  • Volunteer
  • Susanville Firefighters

Ryan Ruano

  • Shavee
  • Lassen County Sheriff’s Office

Larry Harkema

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Michael D.

  • Shavee
  • Team D’s & E’s

Malinda West

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

Chris Hallmark

  • Shavee and Team Captain
  • Team CCC

Joe Radman

  • Shavee
  • Team CCC

Mackenzie G.

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Jaysen Cowan

  • Shavee and Team Captain
  • the cowans

Zachary Clary

  • Shavee
  • DMC&H

levi wilbur

  • Shavee
  • Susanville Firefighters

Sherman I.

  • Volunteer
  • Team Onio

Michaela G.

  • Volunteer
  • Team Onio

Mitsu Soria

  • Shavee
  • Senior Getaway

Corkey Green

  • Shavee
  • Senior Getaway

Travis G.

  • Shavee
  • Team CCC

STEPHANIE MEIBERT

  • Volunteer
  • DMC&H

Adriana T.

  • Volunteer
  • Team Onio

[/column]
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Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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