OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Legislature recently proclaimed March as St. Baldrick’s Month in the county.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation works to raise awareness and funding to support childhood cancer research and fellowship.
This year’s fundraiser will be held at the Lake Ontario Conference and Event Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego on March 30 from 1-5 p.m.
So far this year, more than 170 Oswego County men, women and children have volunteered to have their heads shaved and raise money to support the cause.
They include the Oswego Minor Hockey Association, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, the Oswego Firefighters Association, and many other groups and individuals from throughout Central New York.
Last year, their efforts brought in more than $93,000.
This year, the goal has been set at $100,000.
“St. Baldrick’s Foundation was founded based on the recognition that only a very, very small percentage, less than 5 percent of all cancer funds that are raised in the country every year actually go to fight/prevent childhood cancer,” said David Turner, director of Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “St. Baldrick’s sends all of their money right to childhood cancer research and prevention. It is an all-volunteer organization right up to the top of the administration. So we are very comfortable support it, Turner said. This is the eighth year that we have had an event in Oswego County.”
The $93,000 last year was the second highest in all of New York State, outside of the New York City area, he said.
“It is even more than raised in the city of Toronto. So we have a really great group … people from all walks of life who do a lot of work, shave their heads and raise a lot of money. The goal this year is to beat last year’s total. We have dozens of kids in the county who suffer from some form of childhood cancer. So, we appreciate all the help we get,” Turner said.
Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner said he hopes everyone in the county pitches in to help beat last year’s total.
This is the eighth year that the SUNY Oswego athletic department is sponsoring the annual Oswego St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser in the Port City.
In 2012, there were more than 150 people registered to get their heads shaved. That was twice the number that they had in 2011,” according to local coordinator Dan Witmer.
The 2013 total was more than 200.
For information or to volunteer, call 1-800-899-BALD or contact Witmer at [email protected] or 315-529- 5154.