Burns Harbor Town Councilman Kevin Tracy is shaving his head on Sunday, March 11 to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. The event hosted by the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids (NICK) foundation benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation; which is a charity dedicated to funding promising research towards finding cures for childhood cancers.
Of all federal funding directed at cancer research, only 4% makes its way to childhood-specific cancers, creating an enormous funding gap. Tracy said, “the problem is only more obvious when you realize the average age of a child receiving a cancer diagnosis is only 6 years and a diagnosis of an untreatable cancer will shave a child’s life expectancy by over 70 years.”
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has collectively raised over $250 million for childhood cancer research and it’s a cause Mr. Tracy has been shaving his head to support every year for 8 years now. Mr. Tracy added, “small donations are adding up to find cures. Nobody should feel like their contribution would be too small to be noticed.”
Donations of any size should be made online at https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/kevintracy.
If you would like to attend this family friendly event hosted by NICK and show your support for some incredible kids and their families facing incredible challenges, heads are being shaved at 2193 Taft Street in Merrillville (International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150) from noon on March 11th until 4pm.