Fundraiser in memory of Carmel boy supports efforts to research childhood cancer cure


More than two dozen people got a new ’do at a May 12 fundraiser in Carmel while contributing to more than $40,000 raised so far this year for the Be Brooks Brave St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fund’s shaving event.

The fund was launched by the family of Brooks Blackmore, a Carmel resident who died in 2016 at age 6 after battling anaplastic astrocytoma, a cancer that develops in the brain or spinal cord. His mother, Tracy Blackmore, said working to support the efforts of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation – which aims to find a cure for childhood cancer – is a good way to honor and remember Brooks.

“St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the leading nonprofit for childhood cancer research,” Blackmore said. “We ended up wanting to create what’s called a hero fund in his memory. With St. Baldrick’s, everything we raise can go directly toward a research grant that we choose.”

Since launching the fund in 2016, the family has raised more than $396,000. This year alone, the Be Brooks Brave and Shave event has received more than $40,000, already surpassing the family’s goal for 2023.

Although the event takes time and hard work to organize, Blackmore said the sense of community is part of her motivation to keep it going each year.

“It really lifts us up and helps us remember that Brooks isn’t forgotten,” said Blackmore, who hosted the event at her home. “The community has been there from the start and now is still with us along the way.”

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