Local Volunteers Shave Their Heads to Support Childhood Cancer Research

Posted: 02/01/2012

Streamwood, IL – It takes a community to cure childhood cancer. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will hold a signature head-shaving events at Lexington Health Center of Streamwood on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 4:30 – 7:30 PM, where several members of the community will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for life-saving children’s cancer research.

Why all the shaved heads? Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, and it remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

“This is a great opportunity for Lexington Health Care to work within the community and sponsors such a worth while event”, stated Gayle Deja-Schultz, Business Development Director for Lexington Health Care. “We have additionally invited the Streamwood Chamber and many other members of the Village and Community to participate. We are hoping to raise at least $5000 for St. Baldrick’s,” added Deja-Schultz.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, it has funded over $78 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about St. Baldrick’s, call 1.888.899.BALD or visit StBaldricks.org.

Lexington Health Care Centers, a subsidiary of Lexington Health Network, have been a part of the Chicagoland area since 1984, managing more than 2,000 skilled nursing beds in 10 different nursing and rehabilitation facilities. Lexington Health Network offers a full continuum of post-acute care, from post-acute rehabilitation, memory care, long-term care, independent and assisted living, to home health care, hospice care and private care services. Together, Lexington Health Network employs more than 2,500 full and part-time employees who all work in unison to provide immeasurable value to the communities served. All of the facilities are located in the Chicagoland suburbs. Through its post-acute service network, Lexington excels in assisting patients in their transition back home. Many of its post-acute patients come from the hospital to strengthen themselves after a surgery or to continue to recover from illness or injury. Services are designed to aid in relaxation with quiet units to recover and amenities to please, coupled with state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment and therapy technology and a 90% return to home rate, Lexington Health Network is second to none.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz at (630) 327-4724 or e-mail at Gayle.Deja-Schultz@lexingtonhealth.com.

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