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St. Baldrick's Fundraiser at Proctors Theatre - Be Brave, Get Bald! for Chilhood Cancer Research

Shave Your Heads (or Support Others) at Proctors Theatre To Show Solidarity with Children Experiencing Cancer

Be Brave - Get Bald!
Local St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving fundraising event to raise money for life-saving research at Albany Medical Center and other cancer research facilities.

Local volunteers are inviting the Capital Region community to join the fight to cure childhood cancer at Schenectady, NY’s first St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event at Proctors Theatre on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Join “Shavees” of all ages (including women) who will shave their heads to show solidarity for kids with cancer and to raise money for life-saving children’s cancer research.

Proctors Theatre is donating the space for the event and 100% of funds raised will benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.

Why are so many people willing to shave their heads? “Shavees” answer the call to “Be Brave, Get Bald” (even women) to raise money for childhood cancer research. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, including children throughout the greater Capital Region. Sadly, some will lose the greatest fight of their short lives, despite treatment, like 17 year old local hero Luke Romano of Clifton park, who lost his seven year battle with Leukemia last August. Luke is an “honored child” for this event, along with several other children from around the area, who are featured on the event web page. Childhood cancer research is imperative to finding a cure. A mere 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding is dedicated to pediatric cancer research. St. Baldrick’s Foundation grants fund research to hospitals like Albany Medical Center and others across the United Sates and play a critical in battling this devastating disease.

Anyone is welcome to participate as a Shavee, or support a shave with a donation. Corporate team participation, sponsorship donations and event volunteers are needed to meet their first-year fundraising goal of $25,000, although they hope to raise more. Bombers Burrito Bar was among the first local businesses to jump in by generously offering to give each shavee a free burrito that day.

As community support comes flooding in, local media figures, celebrities and civic leaders, business-owners, parents, student groups, sports teams and families from the greater Capital Region will gather on March 24, 2012 from 1-5 pm to show solidarity with kids experiencing cancer.

All are invited to attend, with a $1 (or more) donation per person requested at the door.

Visit the event’s web page: http://bit.ly/StBaldricksProctors to learn more.

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