St. Baldrick’s continues to fight childhood cancer


Last year's St. Baldrick's Foundation annual event to fight childhood cancer at The Avenue Viera was a success.

VIERA VOICE file photos


Don’t forget to compliment shorter hair styles in March as many men and boys — and perhaps a few women and girls — will have their heads shaved as the St. Baldrick’s Foundation conducts its annual event to fight childhood cancer.

This year’s event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at The Avenue Viera. Plenty of hair will have to be swept up afterward as participants get people to pledge money for shaving their heads.

Nationwide, more than 6,500 people have registered to shave their heads at more than 700 events. Nearly $2 million has been raised to help support childhood cancer research.

Besides the event in Viera, similar events are being held throughout the state.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. It is the largest private (non-government) funder of childhood cancer research grants.

In the United States, one in five children diagnosed with cancer will not survive. More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease.

Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has given more than $232 million in grants to support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as each child.

St. Baldrick’s also has awarded 1,249 grants in 27 countries totaling more than $232 million.

Space Coast Conquers has raised more than $30,000 locally with 103 participants. The top three teams are the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the team from Brevard County Schools and Beachside Kids. 

For information, contact Scott McCarthy at 321-205-7845.