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St. Baldrick’s Fund

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

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A Xavier teacher continues an act of kindness for the fifth year in a row. Mr. Darrin

Ellsworth, who teaches physics, plans to shave his head on February 26 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This is a non-profit organization that raises money to find cures for childhood cancers. Since 2005, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has invested over $232 million in childhood cancer research grants worldwide. The organization is a private charity and does not receive any money from the government. The money that funds the research is donated by many different sponsors. A person who does not want to shave their head can simply donate money. However, Ellsworth chooses to shave his head for the event every year along with donating to the cause.

“I want to raise money for St. Baldrick’s because childhood cancer is among one of the worst things for a child to suffer through – as well as the parents,” Ellsworth said. “There are several organizations that help kids with cancer. This one stood out because it funds research and research is where we will find the answers.”

Ellsworth has raised a total of $3,600 in the past four years. His goal is to raise $1,200 this year and is currently halfway there. He uses social media and his personal email to spread the word and encourage people to donate to the cause. Mrs. Emily Moses, a Xavier English teacher, is just one of the many people Ellsworth has inspired to donate.

“I think Mr. Ellsworth’s head shaving is a great way to bring awareness to the need for financial assistance for these children,” Moses said. “Raising children can be a struggle, but the added stress of a sick child can be unbearable for some families. Mr. Ellsworth is a great man for speaking out for families in need, and in supporting him, we hope to inspire others to help those who are less fortunate.”

Ellsworth’s goal is to make a difference and assist people who cannot afford to find cures for their child who is suffering from a life threatening illness.

Jenae Marshall 

News Writer

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