Why We Support our Partner NetApp
Getting Heads Shaved for Cancer Research
Corporate Technologies Teams up with NetApp for St. Baldrick’s Annual Cancer Fundraising Event
I was shocked to discover that more than 175,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year. This is alarming. What is even more alarming is that in the United States, more children die of childhood cancer than HIV/AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.
Childhood cancer isn’t just one disease but rather a collection of dozens of cancers including leukemia, Ewing sarcoma, Hodgkins disease, Wilms tumor, and Retinoblastoma. Moreover, there are countless subtypes of cancers, each one requires very specific and costly research to discover and develop the best treatment for the children who are afflicted. Many of these treatments are being developed in our own back yard in Cambridge, Massachusetts by our customers in the pharmaceutical industry to whom we deliver the technology they need to try and eradicate these diseases.
Sadly, two-thirds of all the children treated for childhood cancer suffer from loss of hearing, loss of sight, heart disease, learning disabilities, and infertility as well as other secondary cancers. Incredibly, over the past 20 years there have only been two new drugs developed to specifically treat children with cancer and less than 4 percent of the total budget from the Nation Cancer Institute funds childhood cancer research.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is on a mission to change these harsh realities by providing hospitals with funds to run high-impact clinical trials, by funding researchers so that their work can be shared among the best and brightest minds to seek cures, and by contributing toward the training of researchers. Every grant funded by St. Baldrick’s goes to childhood cancer research.
None of this can be done without the extraordinary efforts of people and organizations like NetApp, who have taken a stand to speak up, organize and act for children with cancer. Every year in March, the people at NetApp mount a spirited worldwide campaign to recruit individuals to have their heads shaved – in a show of solidarity and support for kids fighting cancer- to raise important funds to find cures and to safe guard the most important asset to our future: our children.
Corporate Technologies is proud to stand with NetApp to help cure childhood cancer by participating as a team in the NetApp St. Baldrick’s event on March 28th at Howl at the Moon, 184 High Street, Boston, MA 02110. I am even more pleased to announce that our own Rick Ross has volunteered to shave his head for the Locks of Love foundation during the event.