March 14, 2015: St. Baldrick’s volunteers will shave heads to support cancer research

A team of local volunteers will host a March fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.

The head-shaving event will occur from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Austintown location of O’Donald’s Irish Pub & Grill. There, more than two dozen men, women and children are expected to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and to raise money to fight pediatric cancer.

Head-shaving will begin at noon and continue until 6 p.m. Bands also will perform inside O’Donold’s and in a large, heated tent in the parking lot, beginning at noon. Bands include Hoss and The Juggernauts, Ryan Ross and The Youngstown Syndicate and 80’s Proof.

Anyone interested in supporting the event by having their head shaved, serving as a head-shaver or volunteering can register at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/odonoldspub2015. Those wishing to support one of the head-shavers can also visit this site to donate money. Event organizers will be collecting donations for an auction to take place throughout the day. Any person or business interested in donating a basket or item to the auction can contact Eric Broz at 330-245-4719.

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.

Last year’s event raised $4,729 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, bringing the event’s three-year total to $26,380. The St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Fundraiser kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day week at O’Donald’s Irish Pub.

About the 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. 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. 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, 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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