Almost 60 Shavees and Counting! Local Volunteers Will Brave the Shave to Support Childhood Cancer Research
Naperville Public Safety St. Baldrick’s event to raise money for lifesaving research
The Naperville Police and Fire Departments will host the 13th annual St. Baldrick’s Event in Naperville on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The signature head-shaving event to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research, will be held at the Chicago Naperville Marriott, 1801 N. Naper Blvd., starting at 5 p.m. During the Naperville Public Safety St. Baldrick’s event, nearly 60 shavees will brave the shave in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to “Conquer Childhood Cancers!”
Why all the shaved heads? Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the event, followed by the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. led by the Naperville Fire and Police Departments Honor Guards. Emcee Scott Mackay of Radio Station 95.9 The River, will lead a program of remembrance and a celebration of survivorship before the shaving fun kicks off.
The Naperville Public Safety St. Baldrick’s Event is a free, family-oriented evening featuring a dedicated Kid’s Room and Kid’s Raffle and multiple other raffles and silent auctions taking place in addition to the shaving fun. Please join Naperville’s Public Safety staff in celebrating its’13th year hosting this event, which surpassed the $1 million total raised in 2015 and continues to grow.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.