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.
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:
[ 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:
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