OSWEGO, NY – A 10-year-old Oswego girl is nearing her goal to help fight against childhood cancer.
Emily Bradshaw said things are going great with fundraising for St. Baldrick’s.
The fifth grader at Kingsford Park Elementary is going to have her head shaved as part of a benefit to raise funds to help kids who are suffering from childhood cancer.
The St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving event will take place Feb. 28 at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center at 7 p.m.
The event is being held to raise funds for life-saving childhood cancer research; a cause that Emily said is very near to her heart.
“I lost my godmother to cancer. My aunt is battling cancer right now. I know the pain of losing someone to cancer and I don’t want any more families to go through that,” she told Oswego County Today.com recently. “If shaving off my hair can help find a cure, then of course I will do it.”
Shavees are still needed, Emily noted.
Those interested still have time to sign up online to participate and then raise money by having friends and family sponsor them to “Brave the Shave.”
Emily has raised a little more than $1,000 between online donations and donations that have been mailed to her.
“She is getting closer to her $1,500 goal, but still has a ways to go,” said her mother, Jennifer.
The youngster recently held a raffle for a dozen chocolate rose, donated by Man in the Moon Candies of Oswego.
Last Friday afternoon, they drew the winning ticket. Liz Cannady won the dozen chocolate roses, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The event raised $174 for Emily’s cause.
To see her donor names, fundraising progress and before and after photos, visit her page on the St. Baldrick’s website – www.stbaldricks.org
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.
Donors can give directly online (search for Emily Bradshaw, at www.StBaldricks.org); by phone (888-899-BALD) or you can mail it to Emily at 112 Ellen St., Oswego, NY 13126.