St. Baldrick's/Pat Mac's Pack

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St. Barnabas School has been hosting St. Baldrick's Day since 2011, and it all began because of a very special student, Patrick McNamara, who was in 8th grade at St. Barnabas when he succumbed to pediatric brain cancer in 2011 after a long battle. He is the reason we are "Pat Mac's Pack". With St. Baldrick's Day each year, we hope to honor his legacy and the memory of other loved ones lost, as well as celebrate the survivors of pediatric cancer. These are the reasons St. Baldrick's Day at St. Barnabas is still so successful, with over $440,000 raised since 2011, and means so much to us as a community.
For more information on Patrick McNamara, please click the PDF (right) or visit
Pat Mac's Pack in the Media
Check out the coverage of our 2020 event in Chicago Catholic here!
What is St. Baldrick's?

St. Baldrick’s Day is a national fundraiser created by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help fund research to cure childhood cancer. Research for childhood cancer is severely underfunded, despite the fact that more children are lost to childhood cancers than all other diseases combined. Since 2005, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised over $282 million dollars at their events to help fund research, and the work is paying off! Survivor rates for children diagnosed with certain cancers have risen from almost 0 in the 1950s to near 90% today for the most common types of cancer. We want to help raise that survivor rate to 100%!


How Can I Help?

To make a donation:

St. Baldrick's will look a bit different in 2021. Check out the flyer below for ways you can help!


To Participate in the Dress Down Days on March 5 & March 12: 

As you know, we will be having two dress down days this year at St. Barnabas to raise money for Pat Mac’s Pack, an organization which helps fund pediatric brain tumor research. 


If your child would like to participate in the dress down days (Friday, March 5 & Friday, March 12), they can wear 2021 Pat Mac's Pack gear or make a one-time $5 donation to wear PMP gear from previous years or school-appropriate green clothing.

Please make your one-time minimum $5 donation in one of the following no-contact ways:

1. FSA Membership Toolkit:

2. Venmo - @jmccarihan

3. Drop off cash or check (made out to “Pat Mac’s Pack”) to Colleen Cooney @ 10615 S. Seeley


Registration for Temporary Tattoos:

As part of our virtual St. Baldrick’s celebration this year, we are once again offering Pat Mac’s Pack temporary tattoos. Tattoos will be sent home with students that opt-in for this activity and will be applied at home on the cheek, hand or arm. Photos of participants will be included in an all-school slide show. Participation in the tattoo activity DOES NOT require registering on the St. Baldrick’s website. Click here to fill out the Google form so we can assure the tattoos reach your child(ren)’s classroom. Please list all children and their classrooms separately. Fees are $25 for student and registrations ends on Friday, March 5.

$25 Payment options include:

1. FSA Membership Toolkit:

2. Venmo - @jmccarihan

3. Drop off cash or check (made out to “Pat Mac’s Pack”) to Colleen Cooney @ 10615 S. Seeley


Registration for Hair Cutting/Shaving):

Please note: there is a minimum fundraising fee of $50 per child for all registered participants to receive a ST. BALDRICK’S T-shirt.