Pediatric Cancer Research Event Exceeds Fundraising Goal

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland raised over $215,000 for pediatric cancer research during its 8th annual St. Baldrick's Foundation head-shaving event, surpassing its $200,000 goal, the hospital announced on Sunday.

More than 200 people volunteered to shave their heads for the event which took place on March 13 and 14, including nurses, fire fighters, and police officers, as well as families and friends of patients.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer grants all over the world, is perhaps most well-known for its head-shaving events. The idea was conceived 15 years ago as a challenge between businessmen, and now hundreds of events take place every year around St. Patrick’s Day.

Over the years, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland has raised a total of $1.4 million for St. Baldrick's.

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