Some Bald Truths

Posted March 13, 2011 by jimhigley

It’s that time of year when you start seeing a number of great charity events for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Like this group of firefighters in Lemont, Illinois stories about going smooth on top seem to be popping up everywhere.

And just in case you’re not in the know, St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers as well as give survivors longer, healthier lives.

What began in 2000 as a challenge between friends has grown into the single largest financial supporter of childhood cancer research grants in the United States – other than our government.

The sad truth is, childhood cancer research is really the underdog in the world of cancer. It gets no where the attention or dollars it deserves. I find these facts boggling:

  • Worldwide, more than 160,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year;
  • Every 3 1/2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer;
  • Every 4 hours a child loses their life to cancer;
  • One in five children diagnosed with cancer will not survive

And if you have an iPhone, they even have a cool, free application – HeadBlade –  for you to give yourself a virtual head shave. I even gave it a try myself!

I think I like the “before” shot better.

Truth is, guys like me like to think of ourselves as St. Baldrick’s billboards on a 24/7/365 basis. I dare ya to top that.