Fourty-six women from across the United States will shave their heads Sunday in Arneson River Theatre in San Antonio, Texas for the fourth annual St. Baldrick's event “46 Mommas: Shave for the Brave.”
Nicole Woodward of Thomasville is one of the individuals who will make the trek to Texas. She was inspired through her involvement with Relay for Life to join St. Baldrick's to raise money for childhood cancer research.
"I found out about the St. Baldrick's Foundation back in July when a fellow 'momma' who I met on Facebook lost her son," said Woodward, who will follow suit with 45 other women in shaving her head. "She shaved her head in 2012. After I found out about it, I shaved my head in honor of a little boy we lost. I'm shaving again in San Antonio."
Woodward is shaving as an honorary mother for all children suffering from cancer, including a handful who have personally impacted her life.
Kate Thornton, a child from Thomasville who lost her two-year battle with leukemia in September 2010, was one of several children who inspired Woodward to get involved with the 46 Mommas. Although she never met Thornton, Woodward brushed shoulders with many who knew her while working with Relay for Life. She first shaved her head for a local boy, Vinny, who passed away in February after succumbing to cancer.
The 46 Mommas team was formed in 2010 with a goal to raise $1 million for pediatric cancer research. Currently, the team has far exceeded their preliminary expectations and has garnered over $1.08 million to date.
"Each momma is raising money for the foundation, which is a leading supporter of childhood cancer research," Woodward said. "St. Baldrick's has given grants to Brenner Children’s Hospital, to Duke and UNC. Eighty percent of what they raise goes to childhood cancer research. It's a worthwhile cause because 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. Not enough money is given to research."
Anyone who wishes to combat the disease's widespread impact may visit St.Baldricks.org/participants.
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