LOS ANGELES (September 13, 2011) — It takes 46 Mommas in Washington, D.C., to Conquer Kids’ Cancer! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer research, announces the second annual 46 Mommas: Shave for the Brave event taking place at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 21. In addition to the 46 Mommas, NBC Washington’s, Angie Goff, will emcee and serve as a celebrity barber for the event. Each of the 46 Mommas has heard the dreaded words “Your child has cancer,” and decided to get bald during September in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Why 46? Because on average, each weekday 46 families receive the news that their child has cancer. Comprised of 46 mothers from across the U.S., the 46 Mommas are on a mission to raise awareness and funds for life-saving childhood cancer research and inspire others to join in the fight toConquer Kids’ Cancer. By shaving their heads in solidarity with not only their children, but every child affected by cancer, the 46 Mommas hope to raise $1 million. Having raised more than $319,700 this year for kids’ cancer research, the group has already surpassed last year’s event total.
“To see 46 mothers come together to take a stand against a disease that threatens their children’s lives, is powerful,” says Kathleen Ruddy, executive director for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “Although they are from all walks of life, they share in an experience that will bond them forever, fighting childhood cancer. They have directed their energy toward a positive endeavor and have been triumphant in their efforts to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s is honored to have the support of the 46 Mommas.”
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $76 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.
About the 46 Mommas
We ARE 46 Mommas on a mission to raise awareness, raise funds for research and inspire others to help fund a cure for childhood cancer.
Each year a new class of 46 Mommas is inducted into the cause to empower and engage mothers of children with cancer. The number 46 is significant. On average, each weekday, approximately 46 families receive the news that their child has cancer. Through increasing awareness of childhood cancer and raising funds for childhood cancer research by shaving our heads, we hope to one day be a group that no longer needs to exist.