Basketball Star Danilo Gallinari Shaves Head for St. Baldrick's Foundation and Makes Generous Gift to Support Childhood Cancer Research

LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2023 ~ Boston Celtics Forward, Danilo Gallinari and the National Basketball Players Association Foundation have made a generous donation to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest charity funder of childhood cancer research grants. This funding will specifically support the work of Dr. Carl Allen at Baylor College of Medicine associated with Texas Children's Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and his team's goal of finding treatments for kids with Burkitt lymphoma in sub-Saharan Africa.

Gallinari was recently announced as a St. Baldrick's Champion and has dedicated time to meeting St. Baldrick's Honored Kids, children who are fighting or have fought cancer, and fundraising towards the cause. He recently live streamed his head being shaved in solidarity with kids with cancer and asked people to donate towards St. Baldrick's mission to Conquer Kids' Cancer.

Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St. Baldrick's Foundation expressed her appreciation for Gallinari's commitment: "Thanks to Danilo and the National Basketball Players Association Foundation which matched his contribution, this project will help fight the most prevalent childhood cancer in Africa – a disease that claims the lives of most children diagnosed there," said Ruddy. "We applaud Danilo Gallinari's commitment. The potential number of children who will be helped is staggering, and we'll look forward to the progress Dr. Allen and his team will make and the hope they will build for future children."

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Children with Burkitt lymphoma (BL) in the United States have over 95% survival rate, but over 80% of children with BL in sub-Saharan Africa do not survive due to lack of access to treatments or cures for this type of cancer. Dr. Allen and his co-investigators, Dr. Nader El-Mallawany and Dr. Nmazuo Ozuah, will specifically focus their research on the nature of lymphoid tissues out of which cancer cells grow in order to identify factors leading to Burkitt lymphoma so that they can create opportunities to prevent and treat it in sub-Saharan Africa.

The generous donation by Boston Celtics Forward Danilo Gallinari and The National Basketball Players Association Foundation has been met with great appreciation from St Baldrick's Foundation as it is hoped that this funding will help bring new treatments and cures for childhood cancer not only here in America but also abroad in sub-Saharan Africa where access to treatments is limited or non existent for many children suffering from Burkitt Lymphoma
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