ANTHC employees are top fundraisers for St. Baldrick’s childhood cancer researchApril 22, 2016
Three ANTHC employees, Brigitte Kudlick and Gloria Romero from the Radiology department and Michael Nabers from the Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC) program, joined dozens of Anchorage community members to volunteer and “Brave the Shave” to raise money for childhood cancers at the annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving event Sunday, April 10.
Brigitte Kudlick, Ultrasound Technologist, and Gloria Romero, Mammography Technologist, were both first-time participants at this year’s event. Kudlick, who has a history of adult and childhood cancers in her family, decided anything she could do to give back and help fund research to find cures was worth doing. She invited Romero to participate and inspired other ANTHC employees to donate. Kudlick set a goal to raise $1,000 and Romero set a goal to reach $500. With support from colleagues in the Radiology department, they were both able to surpass their goals, earning $2,322 and $2,013 respectively.
This year was Michael Nabers’ second year participating in the St. Baldrick’s head shaving event. He, like Kudlick, has a personal connection to cancer. At the age of six, Nabers’ younger brother, Jerry, developed brain cancer and his life was taken after a battle of almost two years.
“I cannot change what happened,” said Nabers, Associate ARUC Utility Support Engineer, “but if I can help prevent another family from having to suffer that type of loss, I want to try.” He raised a total of $1,970.
The incredible efforts of Brigitte, Gloria and Michael earned more than $6,000 combined and they were the top three individual fundraisers for the Anchorage event.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to bringing awareness to childhood cancers and funding childhood cancer research. For more information, visit www.stbaldricks.org.