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LAPD And LAFD Team Up With St. Baldrick’s Foundation To Support Children’s Cancer Research

Come out Saturday, March 17th, 2012 and help St. Baldrick’s Foundation raise money for children’s cancer research. The volunteer-driven St. Baldrick’s is a leading funder of childhood cancer research in the country, second only to the Federal Government.

Photo Credit: St. Baldrick’s Foundation

St. Baldrick’s has funded past grants to nearly 250 institutions of the Children’s Oncology Group for laboratory research. This research allows institutions to provide children with the some of the best research available, therefore, increasing their chances of being cured.St. Baldrick’s has become known for their “shavees”, individuals who boldly collect pledges and shave their heads in exchange for raising money for a cure.

Teddy (February 6, 2001 - August 16, 2010)

The upcoming event will be co-hosted by Firefighter Danny Wu, of the Los Angeles Fire Department, and Information Technology Bureau Lieutenant Greg Doyle, of the Los Angeles Police Department. The event will mark the ninth year the two organizations have merged in the name of helping St. Baldrick’s fund cancer research.“Last year’s event raised over $100,000 dollars for research, and this year we really hope to top that. We have 70 shavees, and expect to have somewhere between two and three hundred by the end of the event,” Doyle said. Doyle also shared with me story of how he got involved with St. Baldrick’s: “As a first responder, I was used to being presented with problems I could solve,” Doyle said.  “That all changed when my young son was diagnosed with cancer. Raising money for childhood cancer research by shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s gave me a feeling that I was doing something.  Working in concert with other first responders has been absolutely empowering.”

To date, there are 87 people ready to have their heads shaved, and over $40,000 raised. But we still have a long way to go before we reach our goal.

(Photo Credit: www.stbaldricks.org)

The event promises to be an exciting one, with free IHOP breakfast from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., a silent auction, face painting by Magic Castle magicians, caricature drawings, gourmet food trucks, and much more. Celebrity barbers will be actress Julia Jones (who plays Leah Clearwater in the Twilight movies) producer/director Jack Osbourne. So whether you want to shave your head, donate, or volunteer, come out and be a part of finding a cure for childhood cancer. To make donations online, please visit www.stbaldricks.org.

WHEN: Saturday March 17th, 2012  beginning at 7:30am

Los Angeles Fire Department Station # 89
7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91605




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