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Return To The Green Festival / St. Baldrick’s Day

The annual Return To The Green Festival in Greenville, South Carolina celebrates Irish-style for St. Patrick’s Day. Held at Falls Park On The Reedy in March, the 14th annual festival enjoyed unseasonably high temperatures and drew more than 5,000 visitors to the park in the Historic West End section of downtown Greenville. In this video, viewers see all the features of the Return To The Green festival including live music by the Buddy O’Reilly Band, bagpipes, Irish food and drink, and a variety of children’s activities. But the real focus of the festival, as seen in this video, is the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser during which area residents have their heads shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research. Viewers hear from Dr. Hal Croswell, pediatric oncologist at the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Hospital System, who talks about the hospital’s affiliation with the Children’s Oncology Group, a group of more than 230 hospitals nationwide that participate in clinical trials and state-of-the-art research and treatment programs for childhood cancer. Over the past 50 to 60 years, the work of the Children’s Oncology Group has taken the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than ten percent to near 80 percent. During St. Baldricks Day, Greenville area shaves raised more than $34,000 for childhood cancer research.