The 2016 Team Volunteers at Dell Children’s St. Baldrick’s Fair

Saint Baldrick’s Fair is an annual event held by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise both morale and funds for pediatric cancer patients. This year, the event had to be moved inside because of inclement weather, but the volunteers were unfailingly cheery, and you can be sure the rain didn’t dampen the kids’ spirits at all! Two dozen booths manned by smiling volunteers offered craft activities and free food. My teammates and I ran a cupcake decorating booth where the kids (and parents!) were encouraged to use as many sprinkles as their hearts desired. The entertainment for the event included youth dance groups performing traditional Irish river-dancing and tap. The children currently in treatment or successfully completed treatment were all given gold and green medals and told that they were heroes. The fair culminated in the kids’ friends and family shaving their heads in solidarity with the patients. Many of them had dyed their hair exotic colors of the children’s choice to make the difference more drastic. During the shaving by volunteer barbers, some volunteers shared their stories of how cancer affected their lives and what they had decided to do about it. One couple was brave enough to share their journey through unsuccessful treatment. My teammates and I were incredibly touched by the personal testimony of these two parents who had lost their daughter not ten weeks prior. This really epitomized Texas 4000’s involvement with not only St. Baldrick’s, but all of our volunteering events. In Texas 4000, we dedicate each day of our journey, from the beginning to the end, to someone affected by cancer. Sharing our stories of why we ride is an integral part of Texas 4000 for Cancer, and seeing the community of St. Baldrick’s sharing in that same way really emphasized how much all cancer fighting organizations have in common. We are all united into one big family under a single cause, and I can’t wait to volunteer with more of my cancer-fighting brethren.

Written by Dana Moore