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    Is it Ground Hog’s Day…again?

    Does this photo look familiar?  I’m posting it again for two reasons:young Joe

    • It seemed to inspire many of you to support my 2015 effort to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Children’s Cancer Research Foundation by shaving my head bald last March.
    • To give those of you with 20-something children or grandchildren who look like this the hope that they may one day grow up to be responsible human beings despite their current appearance or behavior.

    Yes, that’s right, this March 18th I’m shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s, the children’s cancer research foundation that funds more pediatric cancer research grants than any institution other than the U.S. government.  Why? Because cancer is diabolical enough when diagnosed in adults, but when it strikes a child the impact is even more devastating and unfair.

    My friend and fellow association executive, Chuck Chamness’s son Joey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2005.  Since that time nearly two million other kids have been diagnosed with cancer.  Of those, 20 percent have died, including each of Joey’s roommates during his stays at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

    Fortunately, Joey is now counted as a “survivor” and is a 19-year-old freshman at Indiana University.  I’ve been supporting Chuck’s head shaving endeavors for years before finally taking the plunge myself in 2015.  It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life thanks to the generous support of hundreds of readers of this blog and the members of the American Fraternal Alliance.  That’s why I’m asking for your support again this year.

    St. BaldricksSt. Baldrick’s raised $36 million last year.  About the need for funding research, Dr. Peter Adamson, chairman of the Children s Oncology Group, puts it this way:  We are entering an era of unbelievable scientific discovery.  But if we don’t turn these discoveries into cures, we will have failed another generation of children. You can count on your donation being used effectively and responsibly to fund research to find cures and give survivors long and healthy lives.   I have nothing but admiration for the way the organization’s scientific advisory council uses the peer review process to make recommendations on funding the most promising research.

    So that’s why I am again asking for your generous support on my soon-to-be-bald head. You can give directly here or by phone (888-899-BALD). Credit cards are the easiest way to give, or you can send a check payable to “St. Baldrick’s Foundation.”

    I’ll post a video of my head shaving experience on March 18th.  Whether you are a first-time contributor or one who has supported this cause for years, I truly appreciate your support. Thank you!

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