'Clips for Cancer' event throughout September to raise money for children with cancer

Facebook Live events planned each Friday during the month, donations needed
By: Lee Health Foundation
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Sept. 2, 2021 - PRLog -- Clips for Cancer kicks off Sept. 1 to raise the funds necessary to ensure that programs and services are available for the increasing number of local children diagnosed with cancer at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Throughout September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, local community leaders will allow pediatric cancer survivors to shave their heads for awareness of the effects of cancer treatment, which often include hair loss.

Fifteen pediatric cancer and blood diseases survivors are expected to shave volunteers during the month, including children, teenagers and young adults from the following communities:
  • Cape Coral: Annabelle Philips, 16; Caliah "Cali" Russell, 14; Elizabeth Higgins, 12; Lillianne Bendell, 8; Kadin Williams, 9; Cali Trepkowski, 14; and Rachel McCabe, 27.
  • Fort Myers: Ashton Hoiles, 12; Mallory Rice, 18; and Mackenzie Hummer, 22.
  • Naples: Emma Lockhart, 12; and Sarah McKeown, 18.
  • Golden Gate: Sara Jean, 17.
  • LaBelle: Bradon Gutierrez, 10.
  • Lehigh Acres: McKynsie Jones, 10.

Collectively, these survivors endured nearly 30 years of treatment.

The volunteers to be shaved include Michael Nachef, vice president of government relations at Lee Health; John Lai, president of the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce; Fort Myers philanthropist Marc Collins; Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson; Sanibel Police Chief Bill Dalton; representatives of the Collier County Sheriff's Department, Lee County Sheriff's Department and Fort Myers Police Department; Frank Haskell, the 92-year-old founder of Barbara's Friends; Barbara's Friends board Chairman Al Kinkle; Janet Washburn, fire marshal in Bonita Springs; and Elise Snyder, a 16-year Lee Health employee who also shaved her head at the very first Clips for Cancer.

Clips for Cancer is important because:
  • 100 children have been diagnosed with cancer since the start of the pandemic. More than half of Golisano Children's Hospital's patients are underinsured, on Medicaid or have no insurance – yet no child is denied treatment.
  • The children's hospital is one of only nine centers in Florida to offer complete pediatric cancer care.
  • As a member of the Children's Oncology Group, Golisano Children's Hospital brings world-class cancer care close to home, offering the same treatments as other centers of excellence.
  • The survival rate for pediatric cancer at the children's hospital is 84% – higher than the national average.
  • Golisano Children's Hospital has more than 90 children in current treatment and more than 200 children receiving continued and follow-up care.

For information and the stories about volunteers who will be shaved and to supporting Clips for Cancer, visit BarbarasFriends.org/ClipsForCancer (http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=i6Il...).

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