As many of you are aware, for many years I have participated in a fundraiser for a non-profit called St. Baldrick’s. Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research, providing over $27 million in grants toward research to find cures for the many different types of childhood cancer. St Baldrick’s events are fun times when we celebrate the life of children who have fought the battle with cancer and shave our heads to raise funds and awareness of their battles. People donate their money to help these children and we shave our heads as a way to give something for everyone! This is my 9th year raising funds for St. Baldrick’s and the main reason why my hair is starting to look like an unruly mess! I have been recognized as a Knight of the Bald Table for my time and for the money I have raised. My son and I are part of a team that is honoring the life of Amanda Conrow, who passed away 2 years ago from an Ependymoma, a cancer that started in her brain. Amanda is the daughter of our dear friend and colleague, Paul Conrow. She fought so hard to beat the cancer, but passed away just after her 8th birthday. She loved the Minions from Despicable Me, and loved purple, so we use the purple Minion as our Amanda’s Balding Minions team mascot. If you are inclined to donate to helping fight this childhood tragedy please donate to my online account page (all donations are tax deductible!): https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/904337/2017 Link to my sons page: https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/913038/2017 Our head shaving event will be on April 30 at 3 Heads Brewing. We will have a raffle, silent auctions, and lots of hair being shaved! Please come out and visit!
-Mr. Newman, guest contributor
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