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Lee Health Foundation

Barbara's Friends 3rd Annual Clips for Cancer

Supporters from the SWFL community shave their heads and raise funds to support children battling cancer and other blood disorders. Your donation to Barbara's Friends supports programs, services & equipment kids need at Golisano Children's Hospital.
raised of US$150,000 target
by 1603 supporters
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Closed on 16/11/2020
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LIVE Clips for Cancer started in 2018 after Golisano Children's Hospital CAO, Armando Llechu, met a very special girl named Mackenzie, the nineteen-year-old, who inspired this event. She went to occupational therapy for a month to be able to hold the clippers that would shave Armando's head and others that day. After 20 surgeries, 30 radiation treatments, and 10 months of chemotherapy, there were still numerous hospital stays.

"Mackenzie has been an inspiration to me. From the moment I met Mackenzie, I knew she possessed more strength and courage in her little body than I could ever hope to. I was simultaneously encouraged by her strength and saddened by the struggle that is so real in the lives of those we serve", said Llechu. "I knew that day that in order to really care for our patients and families, we needed to connect with them and show our support and solidarity in a fun, yet meaningful way."

Barbara's Friends has a 25-year history of helping kids with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. To date we've helped more than 8,000 children - all local. Today, we are also treating young adults, up to age 30, diagnosed with a childhood cancer. Research has shown these teens and young adults have a 30% higher success rate when treated under a pediatric protocol. Overall the survival rate at Golisano is 84%, that's higher than the national average at 80%.

Our generous donors have ensured that no child is denied treatment for an inability to pay. Golisano Children's Hospital of SWFL is also part of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) the national organization that provides all the top research and clinical trials. This means we have the same access as other top centers of excellence, which means our children can get the care they need, close to home. This keeps families together. Donor dollars are critical to providing this state of the art care.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Make a donation directly or donate to one of our amazing Shavee's (Fundraisers) each with a personal goal of $2,500 to raise before the big event. Click here every Friday in September to watch our Fundraisers get shaved by our Pediatric Cancer Survivors!

SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! Share this campaign and encourage friends and family to be a friend to a child battling cancer. Every donation - no matter the amount - will help a child in our community.

To learn more about the cause please visit BarbarasFriends.org.

About the charity

Lee Health Foundation and its generous donors help plan and fund critically needed lifesaving programs while enhancing the health and wellness of the Southwest Florida community and those who visit.

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