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April 7, 2010

Shave your head for a good cause: to help kids with cancer

The Walnut Creek Police Department is coordinating a special fundraising event on May 4 to help a special group of kids: those diagnosed with cancer. Members of the department are  asking people to shave their heads to show solidarity with kids who are in treatment, or to sponsor someone--man or woman--who is willing to do so.

The police department is holding this event at Civic Community Park to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which has raised more than $83 million since 2000 with this unique head-shaving testimonial.  The police department has a goal of raising $100,000.

"More than 160,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year. Despite tremendous progress, cancer remains the No. 1 disease killer of children in the United States and Canada," says Sgt. Lanny Edwards. "We're out to help change that."

Just the other day, as Claycord.com reported, Chloe, a 7-year-old girl in our community died on April 3 after being diagnosed just six months ago with a brain tumor.


Edwards says that participants find that shaving their head is a small sacrifice in comparison to what these children endure, and want to raise money to help find a cure for children with cancer now and in the future.


The Walnut Creek-sponsored event will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the community center, 1375 Civic Drive . The head-shavings will commence from 4:30-8:30 PM. The police department is coordinating this fundraiser and encouraging other law enforcement organizations, firefighters, businessmen, clubs, teams, groups, etc to come participate.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation makes grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and to find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors.

The foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child.

For more information, visit the event website, or contact Sergeant Lanny Edwards with the Walnut Creek Police at (925) 256-3596.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I talked with my grandson after reading this post and he agreed to participate and try to encourage other kids his age to join him. What a wonderful way to teach kids the meaning of life and how easy it is to help out someone in trouble.

Thank you Sgt. Edwards and thank you Soccer Mom for sharing this very worthy cause with us.

AKA Soccer Mom said...

Thank Sgt. Edwards for bringing this to my attention and to the Mayor of Claycord's. Let me know if your grandson gets some of his friends to do this. That would make a great photo!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this. As a shavee I can't tell you how much it means to get the word out there!

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This will not succeed in reality, that is what I think.