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Cathy Luttrell going baldly where she has never gone before

As a St. Baldrick's participant, Cathy asks for Adair Countians' support. 'When signing up for this event, I had no idea what to set my fundraising goal at. I decided on $500. The citizens of Adair County have always been a caring and supporting community. So far, the response has been very supportive. I will be very happy to at least reach my goal of $500, but wouldn't it be wonderful if I could surpass it?How to donate: visit St. Baldrick's Participant Page/Cathy Luttrell , search for my name under participant and make a donation. Or you can mail donations to me at 900 Vanhoy Lane, Columbia, KY 42728. Make checks payable to St. Baldrick's Foundation. She adds: I must have all donations by March 23, 2011.
Note: at 5:48pmCT, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, as this story is posted, Cathy Luttrrell had raised $205 of her goal. She's hoping her efforts willl make Columbia, KY stand proud.

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Cathy Luttrell is going bald for children suffering from cancer.

She will be taking part in the St. Baldrick's Day event at Campbellsville University's Powell Athletic Center, 203 Tiger Way, Campbellsville, KY, starting at 11amET/10amCT, March 26, 2011, when participants will shave their heads to help conquer kids' cancer.

"Over the past several years, I had heard about the the Shaving for a Cure event and wanted to participate, but always found out about it after the event," Cathy said. "This year, I was able to get the date and decided it was time for me to do it.

She's doing it in big part because she has been so fortunate with her own children, "God blessed me with two healthy children," she says. Cathy Luttrell is employed as a bookkeeper at Adair County Middle School in Columbia. She's married to Jimmy Luttrell. They have two sons, Garrett and Jeremy.

But she's not been immune to the heartbreak caused by cancer." I lost my mother-in-law five years ago after battling breast cancer. She went through the treatments and lost her hair. I'll never forget the trip I made with her to Bowling Green to help her pick out a wig. It is such a traumatic experience for an adult to go through, but at least as an adult, I feel that they can understand why the chemicals from the treatments will make them lose their hair.

But when she thinks about children with cancer, it's hard to make sense of the situation. "I just cannot accept that a small child can understand this. If by shaving my head can raise some money for this worthwhile cause, it would definitely be worth it. I know some people will think I'm crazy, but it's only hair, and it will grow back."

"I made up my mind that this is a way that I could make a difference," she said. So she's committed.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to fund the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives, has issued a lofty challenge to everyone who wants to help raise money for pediatric cancer research: Be a hero for kids with cancer by shaving your head in return for pledges of financial support from friends and family.

Participants find that shaving their head in solidarity with the approximately 160,000 children who are diagnosed with cancer each year and frequently lose their hair as a result of treatment, is a small sacrafice in comparison to what these children endure.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation makes grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and to find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The Foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric experts, as well as younger professionals who will be experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child. This Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants that any organization except the U.S. government. Since the Foundation's first grants as an independent charity in 2005, it has funded over $56.9 million in life-saving childhood cancer research.

This story was posted on 2011-03-02 17:52:53
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