#JoinTogether

Where to begin.

This all began for me in 2011 when my wife was in the midst of her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship in Pittsburgh. She applied for research dollars from a foundation called the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. I thought it was so cool how they shaved their heads to raise money. I promised her that if she got the grant, I would shave my head. Needless to say she got the grant.

I have been shaving my head for 6 years now (March 12 will be my 6th year). I’ve gone from being a passive shavee to the lead Volunteer Event Organizer for the Louisville St. Baldrick’s Community event at Slugger Field (on March 12 starting at 1pm). Last year we raised over $160,000 for childhood cancer research and shaved approximately 175 heads.

You’re asking yourself: “Why should I support St. Baldrick’s Foundation over any of the ‘we have more bald kids than you do’ groups that I see on TV?”

Out of the publicly available funds for childhood cancer research, only 4 cents out of every dollar goes to children. St. Baldrick’s dollars go only to fund childhood cancer research.

In the last 30 years there have been only 3 drugs developed specifically for children, the most recent being Unituxin which was developed using St. Baldrick’s research dollars. 3 drugs in 30 years all while more drugs than that have been brought to market in the last 15 years to treat “bedroom enhancement.”

Children who are stuck using adult drugs (the vast majority) have to endure life-long and life-limiting side effects because a child’s body reacts differently than an adult’s body.

Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.

That’s why you should support St. Baldrick’s Foundation. I support it for the most selfish of reasons…I want to hear happier stories at home. I also want great treatments to be available if, God forbid, my children have cancer. The majority, however, shave and volunteer because their child, grandchild, or family friend has this terrible disease or has succumbed to it.

Every man, woman, and child needs to be involved in this because children are our future.

Which brings me to what we need on March 12, 2016 at 1pm.

There’s a rock band out of London called The Who. Not only are the legendary for their decades of music and sold out shows but they are also huge supporters of childhood cancer through Teen Cancer America.

The Who happens to be playing a concert at the KFC Yum! Center on March 12. Less than a mile down the street from our event at Louisville Slugger Field.

It would mean the world for our community and the larger pediatric cancer community if Mr. Townshend and Mr. Daltrey would pay us a visit before their show in a show of support. I’m not asking for a free show (though that would be incredible). Just a smile and a wave and a handshake to show kids, their parents, and the practitioners who fight every day to cure these kids that the world outside of Louisville is thinking of them.

Let’s face it, if The Who came out to visit our kids and volunteers, the exposure alone would drive an enormous amount of notoriety and funds towards St. Baldrick’s. Maybe, just maybe, a short visit from them could drive funds that could create the cure.

Any help in spreading the word would be awesome!

Our event link is here: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/SluggerField2016

Thank you,

David Elster

Volunteer Event Organizer