NY Pinoys shave heads for childhood cancer research

New York City – New Yorkers are braving the shave to save the world from childhood cancer.

Young Filipino American Jeff Delfin volunteered to go bald for charity at the Candlelighters NYC 10th Annual Hero Celebration.

Deflin said, “I feel it’s important as an act of solidarity for everyone who is going through this tough battle.”

The fundraiser held at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park will benefit Candlelighters NYC – an organization that helps families dealing with their kids’ cancer treatment and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation which helps fund childhood cancer research.

Max Lazerwitz, who also volunteered to shave his head for charity said, “It’s showing how much we care about fighting this disease and these kids can’t do it alone and they need our help.”

Every three minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide.

But thanks to cancer research, today about 90 percent of kids with the most common types of cancer will live.

St. Baldrick’s volunteers have raised more than a $100 million in childhood cancer research grants since 2005.

Candlelighters NYC organizer James Zobian said, “We’re raising money to find a cure for the kids, that’s all we want to do so that we don’t have to have to this event.”

Fil-Am Richard Sy is losing his locks on his birthday.

“I’m doing it for my son RJ, he has stage 4 neuroblastoma. It’s a cancer that happens in children. It’s all for a good cause,” he said.

From being a beneficiary of Candlelighters NYC, today the Sy family is paying it forward.

His wife Cheely Ann Sy said, “I’m as grateful as, you know, with all the prayers that are coming in, just as grateful or even more grateful for the prayers than all the financial support we’ve been getting.”

While their son RJ is feeling much better today after seven rounds of chemotherapy and a major surgery, his doctors say 95 percent of his bone marrow still has cancer.

He is scheduled to undergo clinical trials beginning Monday in the hope that this will finally lead to the cure for childhood cancer.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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