UI Health, community to ‘go bald’ for pediatric cancer clinical trials

The Children’s Hospital University of Illinois, part of UI Health, will host an annual head-shaving event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Doctors, nurses, patients, families and community members volunteer each year to have their heads shaved in support of childhood cancer research.

UI Health nurse Cheryl Cabildo reacts to losing a lock of hair during the annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser at the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Joshua Clark/University of Illinois Chicago)


Feb. 17
8 to 10 a.m.


UI Health
1740 W. Taylor St.


UI Health and its children’s hospital provide comprehensive services to children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, leukemia, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation began as a challenge between friends and has since grown into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research.

The record for the hospital’s single-day fundraising event is $19,000.

Over the last 15 years, the children’s hospital and its clinical trials group has received more than $2.1 million from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Thanks to the funding, the group, called the UIC/Rush/Stroger Children’s Oncology Group Program and managed by the University of Illinois Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office, currently can place patients in approximately 35 open clinical trials. These trials include front-line treatment for many types of childhood cancers, studies to determine the underlying biology of these diseases, and trials on new and emerging treatments, supportive care and survivorship.

Details on how to sign up or donate are online.

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