Jamie Overberg’s family has been raising money and awareness for children’s cancer research for eleven years in the annual Shave-a-Thon supporting St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Up until this year, her work has been behind the scenes.She’s stepping out–in a kilt, no less–to further help fund life-saving research for children. “I’ve been building up the courage to do it,” Jamie says. This is the year she added her name to the list of shavees.
It’s a family event for the Overbergs. For the last 11 years, Jamie’s husband Kevin has been a shavee, achieving honorary status as Knight of the Bald Table & Knight Commander. Their daughter shaved her head eight years ago. And last year, their son became a Knight of the Bald Table.
Jamie will say goodbye to her hair on March 15 in Denver, in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. Her hair will go to Locks for Love to be made into a wig for cancer patients. And, she hopes to raise $5,000 for children’s cancer research.
On A Mission
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is on a mission to fill a funding gap. More adults than kids get cancer, which is why governments and foundations fund more research for adult cancers. Only 4% of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research.
The First St. Baldrick’s head-shave event was in Manhattan in 2000. Since then, the not-for-profit has raised over $35 million and grown into the world’s largest volunteer-powered fundraising organization for childhood cancer research. Volunteers sponsored by family, friend, and employees shave their heads in order to raise funds.
Headshaving events now take place in more than 170 cities and in 13 countries each year. Volunteers for the City of Denver event, which will take place on March 15, have a goal of raising $400,000 from the volunteer efforts of over 400 shavees.
Headshaving events now take place in more than 170 cities and in 13 countries each year. 500 shavees are expected at the Denver event alone, which takes place on March 15. Volunteers and participants have a goal of raising $400,000 from event.
Join Jamie and members of her family as they get shaved for a cause at the 17th Annual Fado St. Baldrick’s Denver Event on March 15, 2019 at 11:00 am to 7pm in the East Parking lot outside Coors Field in front of Fado?s. Click below to make a donation to Team Bruncle Kurt.
Can’t make the Denver shave? Cities throughout the metro-area have scheduled their own shave. More than 30 Denver events took place last year in honor of local children with cancer, survivors, and those who have passed away. Click here to become a Shavee at an event that works for you.
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