Bald is gorgeous when it means you’re elevating cash to overcome most cancers in children and there have been quite a lot of bald heads at this yr’s St. Baldrick’s Courageous the Shave held March 6 at Mulvaney’s B& L restaurant in Sacramento.

Greater than 90 “shavees” stepped as much as have their hair shaved after elevating cash for pediatric most cancers analysis underway at UC Davis Complete Most cancers Middle. Members included members of the Sac Republic FC in addition to UC Davis Well being medical doctors, nurses and different workers.

Based on St. Baldrick’s Basis, each two minutes on this nation, a household is given the devasting information that their baby has most cancers. One in 263 youngsters within the U.S. will get most cancers earlier than they flip 20 years previous. 

Keaton’s Little one Most cancers Alliance groups up with Supercuts and UC Davis Complete Most cancers Middle annually to sponsor the native St. Baldrick’s occasion. That is the primary yr the occasion was held at Mulvaney’s B&L and it drew a big crowd, together with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg who instructed the viewers, “What might be extra essential than ensuring no baby has to undergo?”

Three people on stage, man with dark hair accepts giant check from woman and young man.
Marcio Malogolowkin receives test from Jessica Alonso and most cancers survivor Alex Parra, Keaton’s Kiddo, at St. Baldrick’s occasion

Most cancers care near dwelling

Keaton’s Little one Most cancers Alliance is a nonprofit group, primarily based in Roseville, that gives monetary, emotional, and academic help to youngsters battling most cancers and their households whereas constructing consciousness and funding towards a treatment.

This yr, the group offered a test to UC Davis Complete Most cancers Middle for greater than $113,000, which was raised from final yr’s “Courageous the Shave.” Because it was created greater than 20 years in the past, Keaton’s Little one Most cancers Alliance has donated near $2.5 million to the pediatric oncology program on the most cancers heart.

“This occasion is an instance of UC Davis working with the group to enhance the standard of care for youngsters with most cancers in order that they don’t have to depart the Sacramento area and their family members to hunt therapy some other place,” mentioned UC Davis Pediatric Hematology-Oncology chief Marcio Malogolowkin, who accepted the test from Jessica Alonso, government director of Keaton’s Little one Most cancers Alliance.

Malogolowkin mentioned the beneficiant contribution helps the most cancers heart supply Nationwide Most cancers Institute-supported scientific trials, which permits UC Davis to search out new methods to deal with pediatric most cancers sufferers.

“The cash can also be serving to us launch a brand new bone marrow transplant program for teenagers at UC Davis Complete Most cancers Middle later this yr,” Malogolowkin added.

“It’s so essential that we make it possible for we’re funding most cancers analysis near dwelling, which is why we’re happy to contribute in a major technique to the unimaginable analysis work underway at UC Davis Complete Most cancers Middle,” Alonso mentioned. “St. Baldrick’s is simply one of many occasions we maintain yearly to generate funding to discover a treatment to childhood most cancers.”

Keaton’s legacy lives on

In reminiscence of their son Keaton who died from neuroblastoma, a sort of most cancers that begins in early nerve cells, Robyn and Kyle Raphael created the Keaton Raphael Memorial in 1998. It’s now often known as Keaton’s Little one Most cancers Alliance and Keaton’s legacy lives on because the group continues to work to offer assets to younger most cancers sufferers and their households whereas fueling analysis efforts to win the bigger warfare.

“Childhood most cancers impacts the entire household – actually, one in 4 households lose greater than 40% of their annual family revenue on account of childhood most cancers treatment-related work disruption,” Alonso mentioned. “One in three households face different work disruptions comparable to having to stop work or change jobs.”

Sufferers and siblings of kids with most cancers are in danger for emotional and behavioral difficulties, comparable to nervousness, melancholy and post-traumatic-stress dysfunction, Alonso added.

There’s nonetheless time to donate!

For those who have been unable to affix the St. Baldrick’s Courageous the Shave this yr, donations are all the time welcome. You may also donate straight at any time to Keaton’s Little one Most cancers Alliance or attend different pediatric most cancers fundraising occasions which are scheduled for 2023.


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