LOS ANGELES, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's National Volunteer Week and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteered-powered charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer research, thanks its thousands of committed volunteers from across the U.S. and around the world, whose efforts have raised more than $26 million in 2017.
Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. So far this year St. Baldrick's has had nearly 45,000 people volunteer their time, talent, and in many cases their hair for the cause. All week long, St. Baldrick's will share stories of its amazing supporters on the St. Baldrick's blog and social media, and will participate in a thank-a-thon to acknowledge the army of dedicated volunteers that make St. Baldrick's funding possible.
"When people volunteer, they are giving valuable assets – time, talents and energy – in addition to their financial support. Our volunteers have built the St. Baldrick's Foundation into the largest non-governmental funder of childhood cancer research grants." said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. "St. Baldrick's volunteers and the donors they engage allow us to fund the very best research, wherever it takes place. We are profoundly thankful for our volunteers and salute their unwavering efforts to take childhood back from cancer."
Feeling inspired? St. Baldrick's offers various volunteer options – host your own head-shaving event, shave your head to raise money, volunteer at a local event, or do your own fundraiser. To learn more, visit the St. Baldrick's Get Involved page.
About St. Baldrick's Foundation
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick's Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at StBaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.
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SOURCE St. Baldrick's Foundation