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Feb. 17, 2012

St. Baldrick's Fundraiser Set for March 22 at SUNY Oswego

Sixth annual St. Baldrick's event raises money for life-saving research.

(Oswego, NY / February 16, 2012) - It takes a community to cure childhood cancer. The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at SUNY Oswego's Campus Center Food Court at 7 PM on Thursday, March 22, where (hopefully) more than 75 anticipated "shavees" will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for life-saving children's cancer research.

Why all the shaved heads? Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, and it remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick's Foundation grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

For the sixth year, the Oswego event will be sponsored by the SUNY Oswego athletic department. Last year's fundraiser resulted in 70 shavees - male and female, young and old - and raised more than $29,000.

This year's event promises to surpass last year's.

"The members of the Oswego Firefighters Association will be back again supporting our cause and they will be joined this year by the New York State Troopers(NYSP) and possibly some other local police and fire organizations," said SUNY Oswego's Dan Witmer, VEO (volunteer event coordinator) of his sixth St. Baldrick's event. "It appears that there may be some interest in a police vs. fire competition so if we can get them to compete against one another for bragging rights to see who can raise the most money, everyone wins."

Another new feature to this year's efforts will be the "head-to-head" competition between two of Oswego's more familiar businessmen - Jason Livesey and George Broadwell.

"They accepted the challenge and are looking forward to the friendly competition," said Susan DiBlasi, assistant event coordinator. "They're both excited about raising a lot of money for us this year."

Pizza sales, raffles, and special one-night fundraisers at the Oswego Sub Shop and Fajita Grill are also planned. "And there's more that we're still working on," says Witmer. "We've got a strong group of volunteers who have a lot of ideas and are willing to do the necessary legwork."

Three of the 17 shavees already registered are females. Others who have committed to shave their heads for the cause include Brian Buchanan of the Fulton School District, teachers and students from Hannibal High School, and Oswego Minor Hockey players

In addition to signing up to be a shavee, individuals and organizations can help in other ways, too. Donations are being sought for raffle prizes, business sponsorships can help add to the head-shaving event itself, and anyone can make a personal donation by check, phone, on-line at www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/337/2012, or by supporting an individual by check or cash.

More about the St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foudation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and to give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world, and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child's best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation's first grants as an independent charity in 2005, it has funded over $78 million in childhood cancer research.

For more information about the St. Baldrick's Foundation, call 1-800-899-BALD or visit stbaldricks.org. Witmer can also be reached at daniel.witmer@oswego.edu

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