Get head shaved, help cancer research

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a childhood cancer charity that funds research to help find cures for children with cancer. The foundation raises money for childhood cancer research primarily through head-shaving events. Volunteers, sponsored by family, friends and employers, shave their heads in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. Events have taken place in all 50 U.S. states and 28 countries. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers have organized nearly 4,200 head-shaving events and shaved over 190,500 heads, raising more than $118 million for life-saving childhood cancer research.

This year, a St. Baldrick’s Day event will be hosted by the Amsterdam Fire Department, hoping to continue the tradition started by the Kowalczyk family, who originally brought the event to our area, and also the Johnstown Police Department.

The event is open to anyone who would like to participate, by either pledging to shave your head, or supporting someone who is.

Whether your are interested in becoming a participant, or would simply like to be entertained for an afternoon while you watch the NCAA tournament, please join us in what will surely be a great community event for a great cause. The event will be held Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Irish American Club, located at 10 Yeoman St. in Amsterdam. We are up and running on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/Amsterbald.

Any questions, please call Mike Demars at 369-8076, or Jeff Urbanczyk at 209-2353.

MIKE DEMARS

Amsterdam