Wilmington Firefighters Local 1370 is hoping that taking a little off the top will result in raising a lot of money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity which funds research to find cures to childhood cancers.
On Saturday, June 13, from 1pm to 4pm, some of Wilmington’s firefighters – and other volunteers – will shave their heads to raise money for cancer research at Red Heat Tavern (300 Lowell Street). Click HERE to donate to their “Brave The Shave” efforts.
This event raised more than $18,000 last year and saw 35 heads shaved. With about a month to go until this year’s event, more than $5,000 has already been raised with 20 individuals (and counting) having pledged to shave their heads.
Below is a message from the fundraising page of participant Mike Naimo, whose son is one of the event’s “honored children.”
“As most of you know, my son, Anthony was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia known as Ph ALL. Since then our lives have been forever changed! Anthony has gone through way more than any child should have to go through in his fight against Leukemia!
What you may not realize is that Childhood Cancer Research gets the least amount of funding by the United States Federal Government. Less than 4% to be exact! Most adult cancers do not occur in children. The simple downsizing of adult dosage is where we are at now. The long term consequences of this treatment has demonstrated time and time again to be simply unacceptable! Without the proper funding directed at Children’s Cancer Research, Anthony and so many others, would not get exactly what they need to cure their cancers safely and effectively.For one thing, children with life-threatening diseases exhaust their families physically and emotionally; even after recovery, neither the children nor their parents find it easy to advocate for themselves.
With that being said, my family and I have decided to join forces with Wilmington Firefighters Local 1370 and Red Heat Tavern to help raise money for just that – CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH. We also need your help…strengthen in numbers!!! Please consider helping me in my quest for going bald at this St Baldrick’s event being held on June 13, 2015. I am looking for pledges to help me reach and exceed my goal. Stand up and support our team because NO CHILD should have to go through this fight alone. Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of this with us.
[Editor’s Note: You can donate HERE to Mike.]
Below is a video further explaining the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s “Brave The Shave” program.