My St. Baldrick's shaving event is tomorrow, 3/16/14 and as of this writing my team, Team Sage, has raised an astounding $3,880. of our $5000 goal. This is almost $1,500 more than the same time period last year, and puts us in a close third place on the Top Teams list.
Sincerest thanks to all those who have donated already, and for those of you who are still planning to donate, here is a little incentive.
This is Abby:
At age 4, Abby was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia and given a 20% chance at survival.
The age when you should be running outside jumping in muddy puddles, twirling around your kitchen, smiling, laughing, giggling like it's your own secret language, was disrupted for Abby. Age 4 and 5 and 6 for Abby were met with highs and lows, with needles, and chemo, and pills. With hospital stays instead of sleepover pillow fights.
Halfway through her treatment, Abby was given an option to try a new therapy that was being used to fight her specific type of cancer, which had been discovered in part by St. Baldrick's‑funded research. This new treatment option using a drug called Gleevec, drastically improved her survival rate from 20% to an approximate 70%.
"St. Baldrick's truly has given us hope for Abby and hope for all those kids right now sitting, waiting for new treatments to be found or to be applied to their type of cancer. I'm forever thankful for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the researchers that they've funded for giving Abby the life she has now." - Patty Furco, Abby's mom
This is why I participate in this outwardly silly event each year, in the hope that someday every child with cancer gets the chance that Abby did.
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