50 FIREFIGHTERS TO SHAVE HEADS CUT IS CANCER BENEFIT.
PALMDALE -- About 50 firefighters from Station 24 will shave their heads Saturday to raise money and morale for children with cancer as part of an international charity event.
Station 24 will participate in the St. Baldrick's Foundation event for a second straight year. It will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Sweetwater Cafe in Agua Dulce.
Saturday's event will feature food and entertainment, including live music. Young cancer survivors as well as those undergoing treatment will be at the event.
The firefighters raised more than $23,000 last year, and they hope to raise $50,000 on Saturday, Fire Department Inspector Jason Hurd said. Proceeds from the event benefit pediatric cancer research.
"The biggest thing is showing moral support for the children going through this," Hurd said. "It's important that we show support for children who've lost their hair to make them feel that they aren't different than anyone else."
St. Baldrick's is the biggest volunteer fundraising program for childhood cancer, with similar events in 42 states and 10 countries. Last year, it raised more than $20 million shaving 26,000 heads.
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The St. Baldrick's Foundation event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sweetwater Cafe in Agua Dulce. For more information or to make donations: www.stbaldricks.org.
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