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May 29, 2010 – The Curing Children’s Cancer Fund (CCCF)
Craig Waibel and Waibel’s Warriors decided it was time again to officially recognize the beauty of baldness … and recognize the courage of pediatric cancer patients. To raise money for childhood cancer research and honor his friends that have lost their hair at an even younger age than he did, Waibel, his fans, and the families of pediatric cancer patients hosted the 2nd Annual “Bald is Beautiful” celebration at Robertson Stadium on May 29 prior to the Dynamo game against Philadelphia Union. Bald 2 raised money by having volunteers shave their heads in exchange for donations from friends. “Shavees” collected a minimum $100 in donations to participate. Besides getting their hair done “Waibel” style, shavees received a game ticket, wrist band, and commemorative T-shirt.
Waibel was excited about the “Bald” sequel, “Besides the MLS championships, last year’s event was one of the highlights of my career,” he says. “The energy was unbelievable. These kids and their families are my friends,” says Waibel. “Their toughness and courage humbles me.”
Once again Waibel was joined in supporting “Bald is Beautiful” by teammate Mike Chabala who let his friends fighting cancer shave his head. “I think I give the event credibility,” laughs Chabala. “The kids would NOT be able to find any hairs on Craig’s head to shave.” On a serious note, Chabala is passionate about this year’s event. “I have lost some friends in the last year and I do this to remember and honor them.”
“Bald 1” raised over $40,000 and this year Waibel and the Warriors have set a goal of raising $75,000 from “Bald 2” to support the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund and its member charity Nick’s Team. In addition to the head shaving there was a marrow donor drive, a silent auction, and a raffle. The auction had great items including a framed and signed Dynamo jersey and a signed jersey from US National Team Player Stuart Holden. The raffle featured a $2000 gift certificate for furniture from Danish Inspirations.
Prior to the main event, members of the Houston Dynamo soccer team had their heads shaved by cancer patients at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center to benefit and raise awareness for the Dynamo’s Craig Waibel’s Warriors Bald is Beautiful fundraising event.
Nick’s Team was founded in June of 2007 when a group of dedicated, energetic “Soccer Moms” led by Adriana Gonzalez and Ana Matamoras decided they wanted to do something to help Nick and his family. To raise money they organized a 6 vs. 6 Soccer Tournament. Six months later, with the encouragement of Nick and his family, they turned their little soccer tournament into its own foundation dedicated to helping EVERY child who is fighting childhood cancer.
The Annual 6 v. 6 Tournament remains the signature event of Nick’s Team. Each year it is played in honor of youth soccer players and fans who are being treated for childhood cancer. The 2009 honorees are Blake Lieberman, Tom T-Bone Heiberger, Natalia Lopez, Rodolfo Ramirez, and Jonathan O’Malley.
Nick’s Team isn’t just one team. It’s Team Blake, Team T-Bone, and the teams, families, and friends that support every child fighting cancer.
Learn more at www.cccfund.org
The mission of the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund is to find a cure for childhood cancer by providing financial support for some of the country’s leading pediatric cancer researchers, including those at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The results of the cutting-edge research are disseminated nationally and internationally, and benefit children throughout the world. The Curing Children’s Cancer Fund (CCCF) was founded by people who are committed to helping physician-researchers discover a cure for all children with cancer.
Learn more about the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund at www.cccfund.org