Where does the money go?
Where is my photo?
Where is an event in my area?
What is St. Baldrick's?
How did St. Baldrick’s get started?
When is the celebration?
How can I donate?
What are the ways to make my donation?
How do I sign up?
Is there a minimum amount of donations that a shavee must raise to be shorn?
Who should I make my check payable to?
Do I have to shave my head? Can’t I just cut my hair?
There isn’t a celebration in my area, how can I participate?
Do I need to be Irish to participate?
How old do I need to be to shave my head?
Do I need to know someone with cancer to participate?
How much does it cost to attend St. Baldrick's head-shaving event?
Where should I send my pledge?
Q. Where does the money go?
A. The event benefits The National Childhood Cancer Foundation. Please click on THE CURE to read about the critical research that NCCF funds.
Q. Where is my photo?
A. Shavees can post their photos on thier personal pages area after they register on the St. Baldrick's website. Then you and your donors can click on SPONSOR A SHAVEE to see your handsome mug with a full head of hair and make a donation "on your head".
Q. Where is an event in my area?
A. St. Baldrick’s events are taking place around the globe! Please click on 2004 LOCATIONS to search for a location near you! Don't see one? Call us (800) 458-6223!
Q. What is St. Baldrick’s?
A. St. Baldrick’s is a head-shaving event to raise money for childhood. Each "shavee" collects donations from their friends and families to support childhood cancer research. They attend an event in their area, where they are shorn along with other shavees. The funds that are collected support the National Childhood Cancer Foundation's network of leading children's hospitals and cancer research centers.
Q. How did St. Baldrick’s get started?
A. The St. Baldrick’s Celebration, was dreamt up by a group of business executives in New York City a couple years ago. For quite a while, the young men, all of whom have Irish roots, had been observing St. Patrick’s Day in the traditional way---pints at their favorite pub, with music and laughter in great supply. They decided to give their celebration a little twist and help young children diagnosed with cancer. Because the treatment typically given these youngsters causes their hair to fall out, the group recruited volunteers to have their heads shaved in public in return for pledges of financial support. What began with a goal of “$17,000 on the 17th,” in four years has raised more than $3,000,000! The beneficiary of the event is the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, the only organization of its kind focused solely on supporting life-saving research of childhood cancer.
Q. When is the celebration?
A. The celebration typically takes place on or just before St. Patrick’s Day, however, an event can be held any time throughout the year.
Q. How can I donate?
A. To donate, click on the pot-of-gold on the home page, or call NCCF at (800) 458-6223.
Q. What are the ways to make my donation?
A. You may make a donation to NCCF by check or credit card. Checks should be make payable to St. Baldrick's - (add the name of the city where the shavee is being shorn) and write their name in the memo section. Send your check to
C/O The National Childhood Cancer Foundation
PO Box 8926
Topeka, KS 66608-9997.
Donations by credit card may be made online or by phone. To make a secure and efficient gift online, just click on the pot of gold on the home page to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. To sponsor a shavee by phone, please call us at (800) 458-6223.
Q. How do I sign up?
A. To sign up, click on “Join” on the navigation bar near the top of the page, and follow the easy steps! All shavees must sign up online (or by phone) prior to the event in order to receive a commemorative pin, pledge forms and other important information.
Q. Is there a minimum amount of donations that a shavee must raise to be shorn?
A. No. However, the co-founders of St. Baldrick's have set very lofty goals to fund life-saving childhood cancer research, so each shavee is encouraged to go the extra mile and make one extra call to raise as much as he or she possibly can for the cause. Help us defray the costs of the event and fund even more research by asking everyone you know to sponsor you. Raising donations from your friends, colleagues and family members, who won't believe what sacrifice you're about to make, is easier than you might think! Just ask!
Q. Who should I make my check payable to?
A. Checks should be made payable to St. Baldrick’s – (name of city where shavee is being shorn). In the memo section, include the full name of the shavee you're sponsoring so that the shavee gets credit for that donation!
Q. Do I have to shave my head? Can’t I just cut my hair?
A. There are many ways to assist in the success of St. Baldrick’s, shaving your head is only one of them. If you have second thoughts about shaving your head, you can promote the event, volunteer to work on the evening of the event or recruit shavees, but St. Baldrick’s is about going bald, about shaving heads in solidarity of children with cancer who typically lose all of their hair during harsh chemotherapy treatments.
Q. There isn’t a celebration in my area, how can I participate?
A. If there isn’t a celebration in your area, and you are interested in the event, contact us to find out how easy and rewarding it is to organize your own event! (800) 458-6223. Or, you can donate online by clicking the pot of gold on the homepage.
Q. Do I need to be Irish to participate?
A. You most certainly not need to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and you don't need to be Irish to participate in St. Baldrick's Day. Last year, many of our 130 St. Baldrick's events were held in Irish pubs around the globe and there was even an event in Ireland. Yet, St. Baldrick's events can been held anywhere and anyone can be shorn regardless of heritage.
Q. How old do I need to be to shave my head?
A. There is no required age, though we do require parental consent for shavees under the age of 18.
Q. Do I need to know someone with cancer to participate?
A. You do not need to know anyone with cancer to in order to participate. Supporters of St. Baldrick's do have this one thing in common though, they all believe that the cure for childhood cancer is overdue and they want to support life-saving research by raising money for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Q. How much does it cost to attend St. Baldrick's head-shaving event?
A. The events are FREE and nearly all of them are open to the public!! We encourage you to invite your friends and family and donors to see you be shorn! Some shavees give the honors of taking the "first swipe" to the donor who makes the largest gift! As our organizer, Gerry Sloan in Green Bay will tell you, "the more, the merrier"!
Q. Where should I send my donation?
A. Please send checks to:
C/O The National Childhood Cancer Foundation
PO Box 8926
Topeka, KS 66608-9997
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