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Whether it's through a parent, a spouse, a child, a grandparent, a friend, or even ourselves, cancer will reach out its deadly hand and touch us all. And that's why we should all be concerned with research into its cure.
What may have killed us 50, 20 or even just a few years ago, is now treatable - thanks to research.
And that's what gives us hope.
As the second leading cause of the death in the U.S., cancer will affect all too many of us. We each have a risk - experts say half of all men and a third of all women will be diagnosed with some form of the disease.
But the disease's youngest victims are also its most defenseless ... the children.
Children shouldn't have to deal with grownup worries. And cancer is certainly a burden too heavy for our children. That's why the St. Baldrick's Foundation began, to raise awareness and funds to cure kids' cancer.
A local event sponsored by Campbellsville University is being planned for Saturday. Several local residents have gamely volunteered to publicly have their heads shaved if we can raise enough money for the foundation.
Donna Wise, who teaches at CU and has a young grandson, Carter, who is currently in remission after his own battle with cancer, is chairing the event.
"Our community opened their hearts and wallets in an overwhelming response to our first-ever fundraising effort for St. Baldrick's last year," Wise said. "The $20,000 goal we set was met the first week of fundraising last year in Campbellsville. We hope to have over 100 shavees this year."
As of Tuesday, 54 people had signed up to have their heads shaved. Go to stbaldricks.org on the Web and donate money for your favorite shavee. Of this year's $20,000 goal, $7,303 has been raised so far.
Join us in supporting baldness ... and a cure for cancer.