OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Thursday night, the Oswego County Legislature proclaimed April as St. Baldrick’s Month in Oswego County.
Various fundraising efforts are planned in the greater Oswego area this month – including the ninth annual Shave for a Cure.
It will take place on Sunday (April 12), at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, East First Street, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Hundreds of participants will gather to have their heads shaved to raise money to fight childhood cancer.
The event is open to the public and includes silent auctions and raffles.
Many local organizations have joined the initiative and nearly 200 men, women and children have volunteered to shave their heads to raise money for the foundation.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation works to raise awareness and funding to support childhood cancer research and treatments.
160,000 children are diagnosed worldwide with cancer each year. In the United States, more children are lost to cancer than any other disease.
Several local groups and organizations are sponsoring teams and competing to see who can raise the most money to support St. Baldrick’s, according to Dave Turner, Oswego County Director of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, and a St. Baldrick’s volunteer.
Over the last eight years, the local participants have raised more than $388,000.
Last year, their efforts brought in more than $95,000.
“Childhood cancer really is more prevalent than most people realize. Worldwide, one child every three minutes is diagnosed with cancer. Every three minutes, a new kid, it’s incredible. What’s great about the local group is you see it right here,” Turner said indicating the group of volunteers at the county meeting. “They’re raising money to fight cancer in kids and look who’s representing them – children from our community. Paige (Kingsley) right now is the top fundraiser in the whole organization. She’s got more than $5,000 herself so far this year.”
Hunter Hourigan, who’s been on the team of Oswego firefighters for several years, is in the top 10.
Carson Colucci will likely break $10,000 this year for cumulative efforts since he’s been involved, Turner said.
“It’s really great. The people get together. There are more than three dozen women this year who’ll shave their heads to raise money for this event. We appreciate their support. It is a wonderful, wonderful thing that they’re doing,” he said.
Besides Sunday’s event, Oswego Sub Shop (April 13) and Friendly’s (April 18) are donating a percentage of their sales to St. Baldrick’s, according to Dan Witmer, St. Baldrick’s event organizer.
If you want to help, you can come to the event on Sunday or check out www.stbaldricks.org to make donations.