St. Baldricks and Why You Should Give

donateI am raising money for pediatric cancer research and am asking you for money.  I am honoring Lauren G., whom I have sponsored since 2008.

Lauren is now 12.  On March 4, 2005, seven years ago today, was diagnosed with Langerhan’s CellHistiocytosis/Ensophillic granuloma.  It is every parent’s worst nightmare to have a sick child, but when you hear scary words like “chemotherapy” and “survival rates” as a parent, it is beyond one’s ability to process. Moreover, on December 13, 2007, Heather’s husband – and Danielle and Lauren’s daddy – George – was killed in an automobile accident. Imagine police knocking on the door. Having to tell two little girls that their daddy has gone to heaven – right before Christmas.

As I mentioned in a prior post, I am both participating in the annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving ceremony, but also running a half marathon in the hopes that I will attract more donors.  That, plus the fact that it’s important to me to do more than just show up and have my head shaved.

Children are supposed to run, laugh and play.  So I am running – longer than I have ever run in my life – because of the children who can’t.  Or the parents whose own grief and angst does not allow them the psychological freedom to do something for themselves.

Please give whatever you can to St. Baldrick’s.   Small donations add up.

Please.

Mark

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