CLEVELAND - Weeks of fundraising for the St. Baldrick's Foundation culminated with a get-together for the local organizers of these head-shaving events.
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital is a recipient of funds raised by the organization and has sponsored the meeting, receiving grants of $1 million dollars for research support over the past six years.
CEO of St Baldrick's, Kathleen Ruddy, spoke glowingly about the support the Cleveland region has given the organization for more than 10 years by standing together in solidarity for all the children going through cancer treatment.
Leslie Seaman, a Pediatric Oncology Nurse at Rainbow has been shaving her head for ten years now and views this as a small gesture that allows her and the children she cares for going through cancer treatment to have a special bond.
Seaman has raised $10.000 over the past 10 years.
The final head-shaving fundraiser was held Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, at AJ Rocco's restaurant in downtown Cleveland. Owner Brendan Walton doesn't just donate his facility, he has been shaving his head for 11 years. Keeping the message about finding a cure for childhood cancer out front and visible to the public is Walton's goal.
Shaving heads in his downtown restaurant on St. Patrick's Day while the parade marches by is just the kind of visibility that Walton thinks this cause deserves.
Throughout the country, over $100 million has been raised for pediatric cancer research with these head-shaving events. Countless area schools and civic organizations as well as corporate sponsors have made all of this possible so that someday these research dollars may never be needed again.