Lindsay Kelly

“Your child has cancer.” As Colton’s mom told his story, those four words echoed in my head. And I will never forget them. Sure, I knew what the St. Baldrick’s Foundation did.  Their mission, combined with my passion for event planning, made becoming the Event Organizer of our annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event the perfect fit.

But up until that point, I was so wrapped up in the details of the event—getting shavees, the shavee schedule, ensuring that the microphone was working, etc. that I never took the time to look at the big picture. Why are we here? Why are volunteers shaving their heads? Why does the St. Baldrick’s foundation exist? 

Why? To help save lives of innocent children. At that moment, it all changed.
 
All of a sudden, I got it. I really understood the meaning behind this amazing organization. We are striving to find a cure to this terrible disease in honor of all of the children that have been stricken at such a young age.

Over the past five years, Firespring has continued to sponsor a St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving Event. Volunteers raise money from family and friends all leading up to the actual event, where they will shave their heads in solidarity with kids fighting cancer.
 
During each event, honored families who are living through this heart-wrenching pain, share their stories. When they bravely told the stories of Kipton, Lennon, Colton and others, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. Almost four years ago, I, myself became a mother. There is now a possibility that I could hear those words someday.  Now, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is my passion.
 
All of the money from the event goes to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds grants for childhood cancer research. So far this year, they have raised nearly $36 million —that’s more in grants for childhood cancer research than any other organization except the U.S. government.
 
Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement. Get involved and you'll be giving hope to children fighting childhood cancer. Our goal is to have no other parent have to hear the life-changing words, “Your child has cancer.”

This year’s event will be at 5:30pm on October 3rd in the Railyard. Join us, and help us support this amazing organization.