More than $10,000 was raised locally for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation during a fundraiser that came to its grand finale last Saturday, where participants who raised money for the foundation joined together and shaved their heads for the event.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives. Their website states that more than 175,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year — more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. And yet, all types of childhood cancers combined receive only 4 percent of the U.S. federal funding for cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised more than $150 million in research grants.
St. Baldrick’s events happen throughout the year and in every part of the world. This year was the fifth year that the Highland-Pierron Fire Department hosted the event locally, which is organized by Anthony Perez. More than 30 people not only raised money for the foundation, but also came together on March 28 to have their heads shaved. A crowd cheered as each person finished having their head shaved and received a pin stating “Bald for a Reason.”
Perez would like to thank stylists Lindsey Bird, Chris Markezich and Theresa Allen for volunteering their time, tools and experience to the cause; Farmers Restaurant for donating food; treasurers Berta Perez and Ashley Esmon for handling the donations; the Highland-Pierron Fire Department for opening its station for the event; and all the participants who made 2015 a very successful year for raising money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.