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St. Baldrick’s seeking heads to shave for cancer benefit

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PEPPERELL — The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has issued a lofty challenge to everyone who wants to help raise money for childhood cancer research: Be a hero for children with cancer by participating in any of the over 300 head-shaving fund-raisers to will be held nationwide this year.

Events will be held locally at the Park Street Fire Station in Pepperell on Wednesday, March 14, 6 to 9 p.m. This will be the fifth annual event held in Pepperell. Over the past four years, 48 heads have been shaved, raising more than $13,000.

Since its inception, St. Baldrick’s has raised more than $20 million for the cause. Worldwide, 160,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year and, despite tremendous progress, cancer remains the number one killer disease of children in the U.S. and Canada.

St. Baldrick’s began as a challenge among friends and has grown into the world’s largest fund-raising event for childhood cancer. Because treatment typically given to youngsters causes their hair to fall out, volunteers are recruited to have their heads shaved in public, in return for pledges of financial support.

Participants find that shaving their head is a small sacrifice compared to what these children endure.

The mission of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is to raise awareness and funds to cure kids’ cancer by supporting cancer research and fellowships.

St. Baldrick’s began in 2000, when three re-insurance executives from New York City turned their annual St. Patrick’s Day party into a fund-raiser, shaving their heads in an act of solidarity to children with cancer. Therefore, the name St. Baldrick’s is a fusion of ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ and ‘bald,’ as the original head-shaving event took place on St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Baldrick’s events have been held internationally in Argentina, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Iraq, Ireland, Poland and the United Kingdom.

One hundred percent of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation donations are generated by St. Baldrick’s shavees, organizers, volunteers, staff and board members. Unlike many other charities, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation does not receive government grants and does not raise money through mass mailings or telemarketing.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation research grants help fill crucial funding gaps at medical institutions nationwide where children are treated for cancer. In 2006, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation granted over $4 million to a network of 230 institutions that work together to develop the most advanced treatment techniques. The Foundation also granted more than $1 million to other hospitals for research fellowships and projects to cure childhood cancer.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is an independent, IRS approved, 501(c)(3) organization, Federal ID 20-1173824. The Foundation’s audited financial statements, IRS 990 and annual report are downloadable from their Web site, www.St.Baldricks.org.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation adheres to the highest standards established by charity-rating agencies. Learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by visiting www.GuideStar.org, www.StBaldricks.org or calling (888) 899-BALD.

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