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Local Firefighters, Police Officers to Shave Heads for Cancer Research at St. Baldrick's Event

Credit: St. Baldrick's Foundation website
Credit: St. Baldrick's Foundation website
Individuals from throughout Lake and McHenry Counties will be “Taking It All Off For Cancer Research” by shaving their heads on Sunday, March 9 at the Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Department Bingo Hall, 114 Washington Street in Ingleside. 

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and will include local firefighters, police officers and the general public. The money raised will go to support the St. Baldrick's Foundation. 

“Volunteer shavees can still sign-up to help make this event a huge success,” said event co-chair Greg Koeppen. 

This event is open to the public. The afternoon will feature head shaving, music, 50/50 raffle, cash bar and food.  A donation of $10 per person will be collected at the door and will include admission and entertainment. 

“We are excited to partner with local firefighters, police officers, the Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Dept Bingo Hall and others in the community to make this the most successful St. Baldrick’s event in Lake & McHenry Counties,” said event co-chair CJ McLaughlin. 

Food, beer and other mixed drinks will be available for purchase.  The event is open to any age.

Last year, the event raised nearly $20,000 and saw 70 people shave their heads for this noble cause.

“Our goal this year is to surpass $20,000, which will all go towards fighting cancer,” said event co-chair Rob Danesi.

Individuals from throughout the community are encouraged to sign-up to be shavees as well and can contact Koeppen via email koeppen.greg@gmail.com or call 847-231-4577.  

Shavees will be given a web page that can be used as a fund-raising tool allowing them to receive pledges from family, friends and co-workers. Individuals can also show up at the event to support the shaves. You can also visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/ and search for event #1163 to register.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, plans to raise $17 million, hold 600 events and shave 25,000 heads this year.

With a goal of "Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids' Cancer," St. Baldrick's coordinates worldwide head-shaving events, with volunteer shavees raising money to support childhood cancer research.

In 2013, St. Baldrick's raised more than $15 million with the help of more then 18,000 shavees across the globe. The funds were distributed among 230 medical institutions and 13 fellowships for pediatric cancer research.

The inaugural St. Baldrick's event was held on St. Patrick's Day in New York in 2000. Since then, St. Baldrick's head-shavings have taken place in 18 countries and 46 U.S. states, raising more than $50 million, and shaving more than 72,000 heads.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation, which became a non-profit organization in late 2004, makes grants to research organizations that meet stringent criteria and share the foundation's commitment to fiscal responsibility and emphasis on research.

St. Baldrick's research grants help fill crucial funding gaps at medical institutions where children are treated for cancer, ensuring the finest care for every child. St. Baldrick's Fellowships enable some of the most promising new doctors to pursue pediatric cancer research as a career.


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