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‘Shavees’ help raise funds for kids with cancer

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Jan Crowell

Jan Crowell with her grandnephew, Dylan.

I recently heard that my friend's granddaughter, Haamiah, has been diagnosed with Leukemia, and an opportunity to participate in a fundraiser came my way.

I thought this would be a great way to help Haamiah and other children fighting this fight, as well.

I'm going to do something pretty extreme, and I'm writing to ask you to join me in one of two ways: You can do what I'm doing, or you can support me with a donation for childhood cancer research.

What am I doing? I'm going to have my head shaved at a St. Baldrick's Foundation event March 15 at the Galleria Mall in Roseville.

I'm shaving my head to raise money for childhood cancer research! Did you know that kids' cancers are different from adult cancers? It's true, and childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So I decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.

Now I need your help. Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

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I'm so supportive of this cause — will you help me help these kids?

As a "shavee," I'll stand in solidarity with kids being treated for cancer. But the real point of all this is to raise money for research that will help save lives. I'm doing it for infants, children, teen, and young adults fighting cancer.

Your donation will be used responsibly. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. This is a volunteer-driven charity, which keeps fundraising costs low and grants high.

St. Baldrick's gave more then $24.5 million to childhood cancer research in 2013 — almost all of which was raised by more than 58,000 "shavees" like me, by people like you!

And, it's so easy to give. You can give online, with a mobile device or by phone (888-899-BALD). Credit cards are the most efficient way to give. Checks can be made payable to "St. Baldrick's Foundation." Every dollar counts in the fight to conquer childhood cancers.

For more information, visit my website at http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/692912/2014.

Thank you for your support.

Jan Crowell lives in Grass Valley

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