Once again, the North Kingstown Fire Department is making “head”lines, helping to raise money to combat childhood cancer. For the second consecutive year, IAFF Local 1651 members are gearing up to shave their heads for donations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. 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 and healthy lives. The foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.
St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $78 million in childhood cancer research.
“This is one of the many charitable events that the NKFFA supports throughout the year,” said Pvt. David Shogren, St. Baldrick’s North Kingstown event chair. "One of the biggest reasons we do it is for the cause. A lot of the guys have children and a lot of them, including myself, have experienced dealing with cancer in their own families. We are always all about the kids and helping children."
Last year the firefighters had a goal of $1,000 and with the help of family, friends, and the local community they were able to raise just less than $2,000 for the foundation. The NKFD team is looking to reach or surpass a goal of $2,500 for this year’s event which will take place on March 14 at McFadden’s Restaurant in Providence. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation as well as a direct link to the team website to donate please visit www.nkffa.org
Join us in being heroes by fighting childhood cancer one bald head at a time.
Press release provided by Local 1651.