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2017 October 14

Shaving my head

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On Wednesday 25 October 2017, I’m going to get my head shaved (just the top, not my beard) as part of St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for pediatric cancer.  I missed the head shaving last year, as I was at the iGEM Jamboree in Boston, or I would have done it then.

The head-shaving event is being organized locally by the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative at UCSC.  Cancer genomics has become a major research topic at UCSC, and pediatric cancers are a particular focus, so this fund raiser has particular significance for UCSC.  Last year they raised $29,488 with 28 shavees.  I don’t expect to raise anywhere close to $1000, personally, because I’m not willing to badger my friends and family to make donations, but I hope that a few people will be willing to contribute token amounts.

If you feel like giving to a good cause (or just want to see a picture of me with no hair on top, to be posted after the event), you can donate at https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Karplus2017.

If you want to know why you should give to this charity, rather than the 100s of others asking you for money, St. Baldrick’s has a good list of reasons at https://www.stbaldricks.org/blog/post/your-donation-to-a-shavee-matters-and-heres-why.  The reasons I found most compelling is that St. Baldrick’s is the biggest funder of pediatric cancer research other than the US government, and they are a pure research play: funding nothing but pediatric cancer research. This focus makes St. Baldrick’s a long-term social investment, rather than addressing immediate emergencies.

Charity Navigator rates St. Baldrick’s moderately—their transparency is excellent and their administrative expenses low, but their fundraising expenses are moderately high and they have already committed to spending most of what they have collected, so they have low reserves.  St. Baldrick’s explains that the financial thing is an accounting difference—their commitment to funding grants appears as a liability, even though there is no external debt involved and they bank the money before they make the commitment: https://www.stbaldricks.org/faq/#sbfinfo-answer10

The link for donating again:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Karplus2017

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