Letter to the Editor: Going Bald For A Cause

EG fire fighters are participating in the upcoming St. Baldrick's Foundation head-shaving event to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Hello, my name is Daniel Andrade and I’m writing this letter in hopes of spreading the word about a wonderful organization called the St. Baldrick's Foundation. I am a firefighter with the and a member of Local 3328. Our Local has been supporting the St. Baldrick's Foundation since 2010 by volunteering our time, energy, and our heads to this worthy cause. We are very passionate about this organization and hope we can get the word out to as many people as possible.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancer. Besides the US government, they are the largest funder of childhood cancer research grants. Since 2000 they have raised more than $123 million. In 2011 alone, they awarded more than $21 million in grants.

Here are a couple of facts and realities of childhood cancer. Childhood cancer kills more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes and congenital anomalies combined. Two thirds of childhood cancer patients will have a long-lasting chronic condition from their treatment and one in five children diagnosed will not survive. If these facts don’t motivate you to get up and do something, I don’t know what would!

Our local 3328 will be supporting the St. Baldrick's Foundation for the third year in a row by raising funds and promising to shave our heads in support of all the children and families affected by this disease. The event this year will be held on March 14 at McFadden's on Pine Street in Providence.

In 2010 our team was able to raise $3,713 dollars. In 2011 we topped that, raising $4,056. This year, we would like to keep up the trend! Last year we had t-shirts made with our local 3328 emblem surrounded by the phrase “Firefighters for a Cure” and a Celtic cross design on the back. These were a great hit and really helped to boost our fundraising so this year we made some new ones. This year’s shirts have the phrase “Join the Fight” on the back above a firefighter with boxing gloves that are on fire. The artwork was hand drawn just for this event and 100 percent of the funds raised go to the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

This is a great event to be involved in whether you want to shave your head, volunteer at an event or would just like to make a donation. If you would like to support us and the 160,000 children diagnosed every year with cancer, you can go to StBaldricks.org and search for our team, EGFD local 3328, to make a donation. The t-shirts are also available to be purchased at the EG Firemen’s club for $16 while they last.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past and present — YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE!

                                                                    Daniel Andrade, EGFD local 3328

Spring Street February 29, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Such a heartbreaking story and also warming. Yes there's our firemen helping all when the need is there. They have always handled me with TLC when taking me to the women's hospital after cancer surgery,numerous complications. When we hear of fetuses with cancer we shake our heads ! How ? Poor babies haven't even entered the world. Families in total shock and fear hearing their beloved children are under attack by cancer. More research is needed , a global effort and all monies pulled together would expedite finding cures and causes. Our Heartfelt Prayers to the victims and their loved ones . Our Gratitude to the Firemen and Appreciation to Doctors ,Researches,organizations and all who make donations to stop this killer. This link tells about a 6th grader stricken, terminally ill ,numerous surgeries now yrs later . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJz2SJ4YGnE&feature=channel


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