March 9: Local volunteers to shave heads in support of childhood cancer research

A team of local volunteers will shave their heads during a fundraising event for The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising money for childhood-cancer research. The event will take place from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at O’Donald’s Irish Pub & Grille, located in the Austintown Plaza, 6000 Mahoning Ave., Austintown.

More than 50 men and women are expected to shave their heads in solidarity with kids fighting cancer. Last year’s event raised $21,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The group is seeking to raise $50,000 at this year’s event.

The event starts at noon with local and regional bands performing both inside and in the parking lot of O’Donald’s. Head-shaving will begin at 1 p.m. and go until 6 p.m. For a complete line up of the performing bands and the day’s activities visit O’Donald’s Irish Pub on Facebook.

Anyone interested in supporting the event by having their head shaved, serving as a head-shaver, or volunteering can register at www.stbaldricks.org. Those wishing to support one of the head-shavers may also visit this website to make monetary donations. In addition, event organizers will be collecting donations for an auction that will take place throughout the day. Any individual or business interested in donating a basket or items for the auction can contact Lori Shandor at 330-509-1521.

Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

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. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $101 million to support lifesaving research, making the foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. Funds awarded enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, which may be a child’s best hope for a cure. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, call 1-888-899-BALD or visit http://www.StBaldricks.org.

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