September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and this year on September 21st at Union Station in Washington, D.C., 46 mothers from around the country will gather to shave their heads in solidarity with their children who have fought or who are currently fighting cancer. These 46 women call themselves the “46 Mommas.” Each weekday in the United States, 46 mothers are told that their child has cancer. The 46 Mommas represent all mothers who make the cancer journey with their child. Their annual teams are comprised of women from all across the United States with different backgrounds, beliefs and lifestyles but there is one thing that they all have in common and that is childhood cancer. In 2010, the inaugural team took the name 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave and established a fundraising goal of $1 million for The St. Baldrick's Foundation. Each year, a new class of 46 Mommas will be inducted into the cause to empower and engage mothers of children with cancer. Through increasing awareness of childhood cancer and raising funds for childhood cancer research by shaving their heads, it is hoped that one day this group will no longer need to exist.
46 Mommas goals are to:
- Raise $1 million for St. Baldrick’s Foundation's childhood cancer research programs.
- Hold an annual head shaving event, uniting cancer mommas and their families, to help raise these research funds.
- Increase awareness of key childhood cancer issues in our local communities.
- Advocate to increase funding, both nationally and locally, for childhood cancer specific issues.
- Collaborate with other childhood cancer organizations to help produce a stronger, united childhood cancer community.