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05-15-2008, 02:32 AM
The St.Baldrick’s foundation began as a casual conversation between friends and has exploded into the world's biggest fundraising program for childhood cancer ever since. The program has thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity with children having cancer and request for donations of support from family and friends. The event influence many individuals seeing brave children smile broadly as their friends and family display their newly shorn heads. These kids and families affected by cancer provide inspiration and meaning to the event.

Devised in 1999 by three Irish-American reinsurance executives from New York City, it grew from a single event to a nationwide effort in a relatively short period of time. The founders decided to turn their St. Patrick's Day party into a benefit for pediatric oncology research by shaving their heads, thereby showing solidarity with children undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Therefore, the name of the Foundation, St.Baldrick, is derived from the two words Bald and Patrick i.e. going bald on St. Patrick’s Day.

Tens of thousands of volunteers make St. Baldrick's happen, with the vision and the support of board of directors and staff members. Volunteers organize each event, coached and equipped by the Foundation. The event also receives donations from the world over. It has accepted donations from individuals to organizations. Some of the donors of the foundation include Bob and Kerry Orlich, Francis & Rosa Feeney, Brynjolfsson Family, Mr. Timothy Gardner, The Shah Family Christian Fund, Mr. David Disiere (http://www.stbaldricks.org/supporters/individual.html/) among scores of others esteemed donors.