St. Baldrick's recently held its annual charity event at the St. Agnes Parrish Center in Rockville Centre.
Attended by more than 500 people, the event raised funds for cancer research by individuals, known as shavees, who solicit donations to have their heads shaved in a symbolic solidarity with children who have cancer.
The Rockville Centre event attracted nearly 180 shavees. The event raised close to $113,000 for cancer research. For the ninth straight year, New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran, R-Lynbrook, was a shavee.
"If you ask any of my colleagues and staff, they would tell you this is the event I look forward to most each year," Curran said. "This noteworthy charity puts on these incredible events each year to help children, and shows how the dedication and commitment of a few can make a large difference to so many in need."
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. The charity was formed on March 17, 2000 by three insurance executives – John Bender, Tim Kenny and Enda McDonnell – who turned their company St. Patrick's Day celebration into a head shaving event to benefit kids with cancer. The original 20 shavees had planned on raising $17,000, but instead they raised more than $104,000.
St. Baldrick's raised more than $30 million dollars for cancer research in 2012. More than 1,200 events took place nationwide this year, and donations are still streaming in.
"Someday, I hope there will be a cure for childhood cancer, and I know that St. Baldrick's will play a major role in discovering that cure," Curran said.