Vinson Cares About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Childhood cancer is heartbreaking; it’s unimaginable to those untouched by its devastation. Across the globe, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer claims the lives of more U.S. children than any other disease. Treatment for childhood cancer leaves two-thirds of those who’ve endured it with loss of hearing and sight, heart disease, secondary cancers, learning disabilities, infertility or other long-term effects.
Despite these facts, in the last 20 years, only four new cancer-fighting drugs, specifically developed for children, have been approved. Several factors contribute to this issue.
- There are dozens of types of childhood cancer and countless subtypes, each of which need a specific research and treatment.
- Most organizations spread research dollars across adult and childhood cancers.
- The National Cancer Institute budgets less than 4% of its budget to childhood cancer research.
Vinson Mortgage, once again, is proud to support the organization that contributes most to the fight against childhood cancer, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This charity is different in many ways, and we very much support their unique and skillful efforts.
- Every grant funded by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is for childhood cancer research.
- The organization retains a small staff and keeps expenses low – most of the money donated will therefore fund research of childhood cancer. St. Baldrick’s is largely powered by volunteers.
- They fund more grants than any organization besides the U.S. government.
- They work closely with leading pediatric oncologists to find the most promising research to fund.
- In 2017, they raised $36,631,277 to fight childhood cancer.
We’re so excited to announce the TEAM VINSON goal of raising $100,000. Shawn Vinson is a designated “Squire of Hope” for St. Baldrick’s Foundation; he has dedicated at least three years of service to help kids with cancer. In March, at Helen Fitzgerald’s Irish Grill and Pub in St. Louis, Shawn will once again shave his head as part of “Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer.”
We plan to make this the biggest and best year ever, and we hope you’ll be part of it! Stay tuned for additional details on how you can help!
Information and statistics taken from stbaldricks.org