We know that our volunteers are incredibly committed, but last Thursday, March 29th, Children’s volunteer Ed Kraft took his commitment to Children’s (and pediatric cancer research) to a new level by having his head shaved during a St. Baldrick’s event held on the Children’s-Minneapolis campus.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a childhood cancer charity funding the most promising research to help find cures for kids with cancer. St. Baldrick’s came to Children’s last week, and 29 current or past employees from our hospital had their heads shaved!
Why did Ed choose to participate in this event? In his own words, “Dr. [Bruce] Bostrom asked me if I wanted to be on his St. Baldrick’s team. I said, ‘Why not?’” On a personal level, Ed’s head was shaved in memory of his daughter, Anne Elizabeth Kraft, who was treated at Children’s-Minneapolis and passed away from leukemia in 2005. Ed also worked as an RN on the (old) eighth floor for 24 years before retiring in 2008. He currently volunteers on Thursday afternoons in the hematology-oncology clinic with Vicki Neis, clinic child life specialist: his daughter Anne dreamed of being a child life specialist, as well.
Huge thanks to Ed for his commitment to Children’s! We would also thank the following volunteers for assisting with this event: Vinita Dalgleish, Jessica Guazhima, Annika Johanson, Ally Labine, London Nelson, Vince Opheim (in Twinkle costume), and Josh Purple!