30 Stories for 30 Years: Chapter 9– Working to End Childhood Cancer

PPAGer Sam Weinstein just shaved his head to help raise money for children’s cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is helping fund childhood cancer research because they believe all kids should be able to grow up and turn their dreams into realities.
In 1999, Tim Kenny issued a challenge to colleagues John Bender and Enda McDonnell: How will you give back in return for your own good fortune in business? Enda’s thick head of hair gave John the big idea- shave their heads for donations to raise funds for kids with cancer, and the St. Baldrick’s foundation was born.
By 2004 they had raised their first million, and in 2015, as a result of research supported by St. Baldrick’s, the FDA approved a new drug that drastically increases the cure rate for high-risk neuroblastoma patients. It’s only the third approved drug in 20years made specifically for kids with cancer. In the 1950s, almost all kids diagnosed with cancer died, but because of research, today about 90% of kids with the most common type of cancer will live.  To learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation or to donate, click here.