HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Volunteers hope to shave away childhood cancer

By Jessica Cohea, Morris Daily Herald

1962 days ago   Article ID# 1541539
Original URL

 

St. Baldrick's Foundation

MORRIS, ILLINOIS (Morris Daily Herald) - The Gardner Volunteer Fire Department raised just under $5,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the department’s third-year honoree, Anastacio Cuevas, 7, of Minooka, Saturday, March 24, at their head-shaving event.

Out of approximately 200 people who came out to the event, about 40 of them shaved their heads in support of Anastacio and St. Baldrick’s efforts to finding a cure for childhood cancers, said Melissa Dunning, from the fire department.

This was Dunning’s third year shaving her head.

“It’s easier now,” she said. “The first year was kind of rough, but I really believe in St. Baldrick’s."

Dunning explained that most of the money raised through events like Gardner’s goes toward childhood cancer research.

According to the foundation’s annual report, 82 percent of the expenses in 2011 went to childhood cancer research, 16 percent went to fundraising and only 2 percent went to the “management and general” category.

As of Thursday, March 29, Gardner Fire Department had raised $4,981, but was still collecting at www.stbaldricks.org at the Gardner Volunteer Fire Department event page.

Their online donations had reached $1,569 by then. Their goal was $1,000.

Cash donations collected at the event totaled $2,018. Gardner also brought in $361 from raffle prizes, $170 on a 50/50 raffle, $150 in food donations, $658 for the silent auction and $55 from business tag donations, Dunning said.

The food and 50/50 raffle donations were given to Anastacio for his medical funds.

Grundy County board member David Welter won the 50/50 and received $85. Dunning said he gave it all right back to Anastacio, however.

Welter and Jason Helland, Republican candidate for Grundy County State’s Attorney, both shaved their heads.

In the end, Anastacio received $320 for his medical funds.

Anastacio was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia July, 29, 2008, according to his mother, Allison Cuevas.

He finished his 3 1/2 years of chemotherapy in November 2011, and will have follow-up blood tests for the next five years. Allison said he is in remission now, but will be considered “cured” after five years of clear blood tests.

“He’s doing good,” Allison said. “But he is small for his age.”

Mom is proud of Anastacio for being brave and shaving his head for the third year in a row. Last year, his two brothers, cousins and neighbor joined him in shaving their heads. His brothers and cousins shaved once again this year, too.

Anastacio told his mom he will be shaving every year for the rest of his life.

“It means a lot that people care,” Allison said about an event benefiting her son. “A lot of people I’ve never even met.”

Copyright 2017 Morris Daily Herald   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1962 days ago   Article ID# 1541539

St. Baldrick's Foundation    Visit Website

More News

St. Baldrick's Foundation and Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Centers partner to help kids with cancer

361 days ago From prnewswire.com 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

Florence Freedom fans 'brave the shave' to raise money to fight children's cancer

368 days ago From wcpo.com 

CINCINNATI, OHIO - ...

Foundation gives $289K to U-M Health System for child cancer research

375 days ago From mlive.com 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - ...

Head shaving for a good cause

385 days ago From chronicle.northcoastnow.com 

ELYRIA, OHIO - ...

St. Baldrick's Foundation grants more than $22 million for lifesaving childhood cancer research

396 days ago From prnewswire.com 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Health News

Action Center

Climate change will bring more and more heat waves

Action: Climate Change

The heat in Malaysia often feels next to unbearable. For days on end, the sun is scorching and the heat is sweltering. That, ...

End Phosphate Mining in Manatee County

Action: Wildlife Conservation

The expansion of phosphate mining in Manatee County would threaten freshwater resources in the Myakka and Peace River watersh ...

Amazon basin deforestation could disrupt distant rainforest by remote climate connection

Action: Stop Deforestation

The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of th ...

Stop coal mining assault on this roadless forest

Action: Stop Pollution

President Trump has been clear since day one that he’s turning over the nation’s public lands and environment to King Coa ...

Defend our wildlife from the search for Atlantic oil

Action: Save Our Oceans

From Maine to Florida, people along the East Coast strongly oppose offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean -- yet ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright The Charity Vault All rights reserved.