March 2, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - It takes baseball teams, coaches and fans of all ages to help children with cancer. BaseBald, the latest program of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at Turchin Stadium on Sunday, March 25, following the Tulane baseball game against UMBC. The Green Wave baseball players will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for life-saving children's cancer research.
Why all the shaved heads? Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, and it remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick's Foundation grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease.
Donations will be accepted through March 25 and can be made at the donation table inside Turchin Stadium during all March home games. You may also donate to your favorite Tulane Baseball player's name by clicking here.
In 2010, the University of North Carolina (UNC) hosted the first BaseBald event, organized by childhood cancer survivor Chase Jones. After being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 18, Jones spearheaded the event for two years, recruiting his fellow UNC baseball teammates. In 2011, Jones brought BaseBald to the St. Baldrick's Foundation as a new fundraising initiative and is leading the program with a goal of getting baseball teams, coaches and fans everywhere involved in the caus to support life-saving childhood cancer research.
About the St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child's best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation's first grants as an independent charity in 2005, it has funded over $78 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about St. Baldrick's, call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.