Vol­un­teers ready to ‘Brave the Shave’

Record Observer - - Community - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County will “Brave the Shave” in sup­port of chil­dren’s cancer re­search on March 12 at Doc’s River­side Grille in Centreville. Six­teen par­tic­i­pants have signed up thus far, but they need your sup­port to reach their fundrais­ing goal, said co­or­di­na­tor Wil­liam “B.J.” Duty.

The event will kick-off at noon on Sun­day, with food and drink spe­cials. Doc’s is also sup­ply­ing an out­door tent to ac­com­mo­date the ex­pected crowd, said Duty. Last year, they filled the space in­doors. “The folks at Doc’s are very ac­com­mo­dat­ing,” he said.

Duty is a ca­reer fire­fighter on the western shore. He first got in­volved he said, when a fel­low fire­fighter re­cruited him to par­tic­i­pate on his team. We were shav­ing our heads in sol­i­dar­ity with those kids go­ing through cancer treat­ment, Duty said. The event in Queen Anne’s County is now in its fourth year, and af­ter rais­ing a lit­tle over $8,000 af­ter set­ting their goal at $7,500 last year, Duty hopes to make $10,000 this year.

St. Baldrick’s Foun­da­tion, the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­hind this fundraiser, is ded­i­cated to help­ing re­search cures for child­hood cancer.

“Kids with cancer are our rea­son for it all,” Duty states on the event’s main fundrais­ing page. “They’re the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind our event and the rea­son we’re help­ing fund child­hood cancer re­search. We be­lieve all kids should be able to grow up and turn their dreams into re­al­i­ties.”

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from the St. Baldrick’s Foun­da­tion, the av­er­age age a child is di­ag­nosed with cancer is 6, com­pared to adults, whose av­er­age age of di­ag­no­sis is 67. It’s true that more adults than chil­dren get cancer, say the founders of St. Baldrick’s, how­ever, in turn more fund­ing is ded­i­cated to cur­ing adult can­cers than re­search­ing child­hood cancer. All of the funds raised through St. Baldrick’s goes di­rectly to this pur­pose.

The group from Queen Anne’s has two spe­cial lit­tle boys, Dar­ren and Tyler, both cancer pa­tients, who are be­ing hon­ored specif­i­cally. Both boys are cur­rently sta­ble. Tyler is in re­mis­sion. They still re­ceive rou­tine fol­low ups and are too well ac­quainted with the hospi­tal.

Again, this year, a team from Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment will par­tic­i­pate, Duty said, adding they usu­ally draw in a crowd by them­selves.

“It re­ally is an in­ter­est­ing sight,” he said.

Women also are welcome to par­tic­i­pate. Those who don’t want to shave their heads can make a do­na­tion of 4 to 6 inches of hair to Pan­tene Great Lengths to cre­ate wigs.

Sport Clips on Kent Is­land has been a part­ner in past years and is now a na­tional part­ner with the St. Baldrick’s Foun­da­tion. Com­pany vol­un­teers will do the hon­ors of re­mov­ing the par­tic­i­pants’ locks.

To join the event or make a do­na­tion, visit www. stbaldricks.org/events/ my­page/10865/2017.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Stu­dent Ha­ley Funk is half way done hav­ing her head shaved dur­ing the 2016 St. Baldrick’s fundraiser at Doc’s River­side Grille in Centreville.

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