Volunteers ready to ‘Brave the Shave’
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.
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.