October 20, 2015

St. Baldrick’s Charity Cup – It’s For The Kids!

Boston’s big data and security hacker space, hack/reduce, has kicked off its annual St. Baldrick’s Charity Cup fundraising campaign and competition to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to funding the best childhood cancer research.  The hack/reduce fundraising campaign mobilizes individuals and teams to raise money for shaving their heads; and they compete for who can raise the most funds for St. Baldrick’s with progress being tracked daily on a leader board.

Teams and individuals who are stepping up to the barber chair and going bald have until the main event on November 2nd at The Lansdowne to get pledges and raise money for their efforts. The head-shaving is a symbol of camaraderie with the children who are battling cancer.

“We shave our heads to stand in solidarity with children with cancer who often lose their hair during treatment, but the real goal – to cure pediatric cancers – is attained through lifesaving pediatric cancer research that is funded by head-shaving events like the hack/reduce annual Charity Cup,” said Vickie Lo Bellow, Chief Development Officer of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  “This event is the largest and fastest growing annual fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s in the Boston.” 

Chris Lynch, co-founder of hack/reduce and creator of the Charity Cup, is extremely passionate about this cause, so much so that he has committed $100K himself in the form of $20k to each of the first 5 teams that reach $10,000 in commitments. 

“No child should have to battle cancer or suffer treatment.  The only way to change that is to find a cure," Lynch said. Adding, “Boston has stepped up in a big way over the past years and this year we’re going to break another record.” His 100k commitment will go a long way in to ensure this year’s campaign tops the $250,000 raised in 2014. 

    Chris Lynch St Baldrick's
                                        * Lynch with last year's guest of honor, 7 year old, Richi

St. Baldrick’s coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $176 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. 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. 

In 2014 this initiative from hack/reduce raised enough money to fund two research grants. Cort Johnson, a Venture Partner at Accomplice and Executive Director of hack/reduce, has his eyes set on going beyond that this year. 

“Last year, we shaved more than thirty heads and raised enough money to fund two research grants. This year we’re going to fund three research grants and we’re not stopping until we get there.”

Johnson, one of the leaders behind this initiative, took it a step further, putting the challenge out to the Boston tech community to step up and ensure 3 grants are funded. 

“Our community has the potential to be extremely powerful. Sometimes we all just need a push. So, I’m asking everyone to step up in whatever way you can. Be it a small donation, setting up a team and securing pledges or coming out to the Lansdowne on November 2 to be a part of our culminating event!”

     Cort Johnson St Baldrick's

As Cort said, there are more ways to do your part than just shaving your head (we understand not everyone can do that). 

Buy a Ticket & attend the event on 11/2 @ The Lansdowne: Get that done, now, here! 

Get your company involved > email [email protected]

Your Team Will Receive:

  • Nomination of 1 person to shave their head!
  • 20 tickets to event at the Lansdowne
  • Satisfaction in knowing you helped raise the most money for St. Baldrick's
  • As you raise your $2,500 prior to the event, you can track your progress and enjoy some friendly competition. 

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DONATE! Whether you do it in someone’s honor or memory or just because you can and care, no matter the amount, it all helps! Donate Here! 

We know the impact (and fun) the Boston tech community can have when we get together. Let’s take it to a new level for the Charity Cup. Remember, it’s for the kids!

Josh Boyle is Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz.  You can follow him on Twitter @jb_sid
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