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UAE Ambassador Shaves Head to Support Children with Cancer
Date:1/11/2010

Raises nearly $550,000 for Children’s National as Part of "Be Brave & Shave" Initiative

Washington, DC (Vocus) January 11, 2009 -- The United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, had his head shaved Friday to support the cancer programs at Children's National Medical Center as part of the "Be Brave and Shave" fundraising effort.

By offering to have his head shaved for the cause, Ambassador Al Otaiba raised more than $274,000 from friends, family and colleagues and generously matched the donations -- bringing his total contribution to nearly $550,000.

"Be Brave and Shave", which launched this year with the dedication of Children’s supporter Colleen Avis and a team of volunteers, inspired many people to step forward to have their own heads shaved to show support for children with cancer and to raise money for Children’s National. Including the ambassador’s generous contribution, the initiative has raised nearly $760,000 this year.

In November, 80 police, firefighters, and other supporters, including Children’s National oncologist Marianna Horn, MD, stepped forward to have their heads shaved.

The effort took a huge step forward when philanthropist and longtime Children's National supporter Joseph E. Robert, Jr. got involved. Robert, who spent months growing his hair back after losing it while battling brain cancer, decided to have his head shaved for the cause – and he personally raised $114,025.

Inspired by Robert’s selfless act, Ambassador Al Otaiba decided to support this effort to give back t
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