David Lugar, son of former Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., intends Saturday to take on his greatest challenge yet: nipping cancer in the bud.
His work as part of the Lugar Hellmann Group has kept the veteran lobbyist busy for years now. But his family’s recent brush with life-threatening illness — specifically, his tween niece Caroline Richards’ battle with osteosarcoma — has caused the coalition builder to do some soul searching.
“We sometimes get caught up in the bubble that is DC and something like this happens and one wonders if we are doing everything possible to help others,” David Lugar shared in an email outlining his plans on June 6 shave his head for charity.
Lugar has secured more than $25,000 in donations for a fundraising campaign benefiting St. Baldrick’s Foundation in Richards’ honor. Richards died on Jan. 9, just more than a year after being diagnosed with bone cancer.
Per Lugar, Caroline’s mother, Lauren, is expected to fly up from Austin for the hair-raising spectacle, which is scheduled to take place in neighboring McLean, Va.
And that’s only the beginning.
Lugar said he and his wife, Katherine, who is CEO of the American Hotel Lodging Association, want to spare others the horror of losing a loved one to disease.
“We both recognize we need to raise both more money and more awareness of Osteosarcoma and the need to better fight this disease. We have not definitively decided on the next event but we are hopeful to do something in the fall … to help support the cause,” he said of plans to bring additional business groups and associations into the cancer-combating fold.
“We cannot let all of the positive things that Caroline did throughout her life and her battle be forgotten,” Lugar vowed online.
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