FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2019
Amber Callahan, Vice President of Marketing
1st Advantage Federal Credit Union
1st Advantage Federal Credit Union Raises over $20,000 to Help Fight Childhood Cancer.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation event to raise money for lifesaving cancer research
Yorktown, Virginia / September 14, 2019 – On September 14, 2019 1st Advantage colleagues elected to “rock the bald” for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation; a volunteer driven charity that has become the number one charitable funder of childhood cancer research grants in the world. Men and women from across Hampton Roads chose to shave their heads and show that bald is beautiful, all to raise funds for childhood cancer research. 1st Advantage is proud to announce that the inspiring event raised over $20,000 to aide in the fight to take childhood back from cancer. 1st Advantage has hosted two other Raise to Shave events over the years raising a combined total of over $100,000 toward childhood cancer research.
Why all the shaved heads? Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes. In the U.S., one in five kids diagnosed will not survive. According to a new study supported by St. Baldrick’s, more than 99% of survivors will have a chronic health problem, and 96% will have severe or life-threatening conditions as a result of the intense treatments and/or the cancer itself. With only 4% of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle to find a cure and provide survivors with the quality of life that they deserve. 1st Advantage is honored to join the fight with St. Baldrick’s.
About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation
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. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $258 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. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, which may be a child’s best hope for a cure. If you’d like to get involved, or receive more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.
About 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union
1st Advantage Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit financial institution, is headquartered in Yorktown, Virginia. Established in 1951 as Ft. Eustis Federal Credit Union, 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union with assets of over $700 million operates 14 branches in Southeastern Virginia and parts of North Carolina. For more information please visit 1stAdvantage.org.