Pediatric cancer research receives much less funding than so many other cancers, Rachel said. She also said that the best many children can receive are clinical trials, which are often ineffective.
This was Rachel's first year to help St. Baldrick's and 46 Mommas. She had heard about it last year but was unable to participate because she and her family were still helping her daughter battle cancer.
Celebrities volunteered their time for the event. Emmy Award-winner and former Miss USA Lu Parker emceed the event. “Celebrity barbers” included Jason George from “Grey's Anatomy,” Andrea Roth from “Rescue Me” and Omar Benson Miller from “CSI Miami.”
The Rachels' group, Team Madison, has a Facebook page as well as a fundraising page on Stbaldricks.org that can be found by searching “Team Madison.”
“We're trying every possible way to raise money,” Rachel said. “We're using Facebook, the Internet and word-of-mouth. Every little bit helps.”
Their goal is to raise $3,000 before the Dec. 31 deadline. Rachel has been doing different fundraisers to reach her goal, including a “coins for cancer” jar she keeps on her desk at work. She has no doubt this was a worthwhile cause.
“There's this motto that 46 Mommas has,” Rachel said. “Hair grows back. Kids don't.”