68 schools raise $1.1M for St. Baldrick's fund - KMSP-TV

68 schools raise $1.1M for St. Baldrick's fund to fight children's cancer

Updated: Apr 20, 2012 10:05 PM CDT
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's been another great year of trying to save young lives and making a difference.

There are more than a million reasons why it was another great year for the St. Baldrick's - FOX Chicago schools challenge.

It's all about kids helping kids, with some guiding help from me - and many other passionate adults - who have been touched by cancer in some way.

There are thousands of kids helping from dozens of Chicago and suburban schools coming together to help their peers who are battling to get better.

My friends you never cease to amaze me, from the fundraisers to the fund-givers, all points between you truly are lifesavers.

The money you have helped raise is going to hospitals where doctors and researchers are making strides everyday. But as we have seen once again, much more work needs to be done.

We began this years campaign with the story of Patrick McNamara from Beverly St. Barnabas who succumbed to cancer after an 11 year fight - but who is very much with his family and friends to this day.

We got to know the students at Evergreen Park's Central Junior High better and instantly fell in love with this little guy, Maddox Joseph, who was beating liver cancer but through an infection in a follow-up procedure left us far too early

But from the lows we scaled inspiring heights.

From the boxing club kids at Leo High School, to the kids and animals at Chicago's Agricultural School, to the kids at Summit Academy in Robbins, to teacher Rocky Wagner with his Baldrick's dedicated rap song.

We can't forget about our champion in the world of professional sports, White Sox lefty John Danks, who once again is brave and went bald.

In all, 68 schools accepted my challenge to shed their locks and raise money in this fight, each and every one of them deserving of recognition for outstanding performance.

It is a formula that works because it is a cause that is so relatable - everyone knows someone who has crossed paths with cancer.

What's more is, the advances made through your efforts at the children's level are applied on the adult level.

I know that along the way we had some fun, flashed more smiles than we can count and shed some tears too.

Once again have proven through love, together we can make a difference.

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