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Oswego St. Baldrick’s Supports Childhood Cancer Research

Bridget LaPage, an Oswego County BOCES cosmetology student, shaves her grandfather’s head during the annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser March 30 in Oswego.

Bridget LaPage, an Oswego County BOCES cosmetology student, shaves her grandfather’s head during the annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser March 30 in Oswego.

OSWEGO, NY – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation will host its 11th annual St. Baldrick’s Day in Oswego at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center on March 26.

The 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.

The Oswego fundraiser will run from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, according to coordinator Dan Witmer.

“Right now, we have about 85 ‘shavees’ signed up,” he said. “We’re hoping for 100. The fundraising goal is $75,000 this year.”

In its first 10 years, the Oswego event has raised more than $530,000.

The event will include professional barbers and stylists who volunteer their time and talents, various raffles, 50/50s and a silent auction.

This is Witmer’s 11th year of running the event (and shaving).

“I do it because I believe in the cause, and because it’s something that most everyone can relate to,” he said.

The Oswego State men’s lacrosse team has the largest fundraising team once again with 33 coaches and players registered. They have helped support the vent from the very beginning.

All money goes to the St Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research, Witmer said.

From its beginnings, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has believed that kids deserve the chance to be kids – fun-loving, carefree, refreshingly honest and always deserve the chance at a future.

That’s why donations raised at events like Oswego’s have made it possible for St. Baldrick’s to fund more than $200 million to support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as every kid.

Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.

One in five won’t survive and those who do often suffer long-term effects from treatments too harsh for their developing bodies.

The American Cancer Society puts the vast majority of its donations toward adult cancer research.

Shavees can register at www.stbaldricks.org and can receive donations by phone, on-line, or in person. The website also includes fundraising tips for all volunteers who register.