May 9th is around the corner and that’s the day that St Baldrick’s is celebrated. Though it is not a national holiday, it does have its own tradition and history. It was born within two holidays:. On July 4 1999, businessman Tim Kenny, in an effort to give back to the community, was inspired by a colleagues thick head of hair—shave off their hair for donations to raise money for children with cancer. The first St Baldrick’s event was held on St Patrick’s Day of 2000—19 bald heads raised $104,000 of donation for cancer research.
Each year during this time, selfless men and women volunteer to raise money for children with cancer. Not only do they have fundraisers, but to show their solidarity to the unfortunate children suffering from cancer, these caring people have their heads shaved.
Delinda Castellon from Meridian ID is going to be one of these kind people going forward with this challenge May 9th. Her compassion shows as she answers some questions about St Baldrick’s day.
• As a mom and a grandma, what message would you like to send your family in participating in St. Baldrick?
“That it is important to give back to the community for the fortunate life that I have. These sweet young one’s cancer is not related to a lifestyle factor, they had no choice in prevention. I want my children along with my grandchildren to know how important it is to give back and get involved. With that said, my 7 year old grandson is shaving his head with me.”
• What made you become involved?
“I have a cousin who is now an adult who is in remission from Leukemia. The most current event was my friend’s 12 year old son was just diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He is one positive young man that continues to smile and lets cancer know that he is going to ‘win this fight!’”
• Why is this event important to you?
“I wanted to do something that would be hard, like a sacrifice to raise funds for this cause. I found it easy to fund raise, however, tougher to shave my head. With me sharing this with friends and family, this holds me accountable. More importantly, I have a choice to lose my hair, these sweet little angels don’t.”
• How can people help, support or participate?
“People can support by participating in the St. Baldrick’s Event at the Powerhouse Event Center on May 09, 2015. Individuals can come down for the event and brave the shave, volunteer to be a shaver or donate to the cause at www.stbaldricks.org. Individuals can sponsor me by signing into this hyperlink:.”