St Baldrick’s, T minus 1 day and counting

EDIT: It is now after the event, which has raised over $45,000 dollars as of this writing. First off I know you all want to see my bald head; this was taken in the Blood Mobile, as they were taking blood donations as well at the event.

14 after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just over my shoulder you can see the bleak outside through the window. The weather was rainy, windy and cold and the venue, while solidly roofed, was not much protection otherwise, as you can see:

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[ That is a historic landmark in downtown Greenville, the gutted out shell of the old Greenville Coach Factory, which did a booming business making horse drawn buggies and coaches in the late 1800’s. Lovely piece of history, and a great venue to host our event, but a lousy protection from wind driven rain. This was taken as I left, after the rain had let up.]

Sincerest thanks to all those who have donated already, and for those of you who are still planning to donate, here is a little incentive.

This is Abby:

abby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At age 4, Abby was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia and given a 20% chance at survival.

The age when you should be running outside jumping in muddy puddles, twirling around your kitchen, smiling, laughing, giggling like it’s your own secret language, was disrupted for Abby. Age 4 and 5 and 6 for Abby were met with highs and lows, with needles, and chemo, and pills. With hospital stays instead of sleepover pillow fights.


Halfway through her treatment, Abby was given an option to try a new therapy that was being used to fight her specific type of cancer, which had been discovered in part by St. Baldrick’s‑funded research. This new treatment option using a drug called Gleevec, drastically improved her survival rate from 20% to an approximate 70%.


“St. Baldrick’s truly has given us hope for Abby and hope for all those kids right now sitting, waiting for new treatments to be found or to be applied to their type of cancer. I’m forever thankful for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the researchers that they’ve funded for giving Abby the life she has now.” – Patty Furco, Abby’s mom

 

 

 

This is why I participate in this outwardly silly event each year, in the hope that someday every child with cancer gets the chance that Abby did.

 

 

 

 

 

My donation page is:

 

 

Comments: 7
  • Forlath Grey March 16, 2014 08:59

    Good luck today, Ezra! I’m looking forward to the Dr. Evil after photos . . .

  • Forlath Grey March 16, 2014 17:13

    Speaking of Baldrick’s beard, how did your event go, Ezra?

  • Forlath Grey March 17, 2014 10:58

    Well done Dr. Ezra!

    Dr. Ezra

  • Forlath Grey March 25, 2014 12:39

    Apologies, I hate to digress, but where exactly are you in that photo, Ezra? An airplane lavatory?

  • Forlath Grey March 25, 2014 13:59

    So it does, apologies, I didn’t realize this would be on the exam . . .

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