Photo Courtesy of the Bumstead Family

Grace Bumstead helping shave her mom, Melissa’s head. 

As a kick-off to September, Childhood Cancer Awareness month, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation hosted its third annual Ever After Ball on Saturday, Aug. 25., in honor of 8-year-old West Hills resident Grace Ellen Bumstead who is battling leukemia. The Ball was a magical evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment to raise funds for childhood cancer research

Just weeks after her 4th birthday, Grace was diagnosed with a rare and high-risk form of leukemia. A lover of karate, swimming and all things pink, she is affectionately called “Ninja Princess.”

The event concluded with a surprise head-shave with Grace’s mom, Melissa Bumstead, going bald in honor of her daughter.

This year, the Ever After Ball raised more than $70,000, with additional donations coming in. Proceeds will directly benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s mission to fund the best childhood cancer research, no matter where it takes place.

Spearheaded by the Hammersley family, in memory of their daughter Hazel who lost her battle with childhood cancer earlier this year, the Ball supported and honored Grace Ellen, Hazel and all childhood cancer fighters and survivors.

Donations are still being accepted on the Ever After Ball fundraising page.