OWL VFD Shaves Heads to Fight Cancer

The fundraiser raised more than $31,000 for childhood cancer research.

From Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department: 

OWL VFD, usually known for putting out fires and responding to 911 calls, put their hair on the line to raise funds for research to find new cures for childhood cancer. On March 9, Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department hosted their 7th Annual St. Baldrick’s Event. With almost 70 heads shaved, OWL VFD raised $31,838.62 by the end of the evening, topping last year’s efforts by 18 heads and almost $2,000.

“A bald head to give a kid with cancer a chance for a cure? Absolutely! It gets a bit cold, but I am happy to help,” says Firefighter Ernest DeSantis. 

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation provides grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The Foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the ever popular Irish-bar band, the Hooligans. This is in addition to the already jam-packed night that also included a silent auction, and a catered dinner. 

“Everyone from the shavees to the donors and sponsors are part of the OWL VFD effort to make a difference for children with cancer. We are proud to partner with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and our community,” explained Tony Carroll, OWL’s event coordinator.

OWL VFD is one the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States with almost 300 active members. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27 square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL volunteer firefighters and EMTs work the 6 pm to 6 am shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends.

Donations will still be accepted until June 30th, 2012. Make your donation at - https://www.stbaldricks.org/donate/event/229/2012

Check out the before and after photos at - http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/photogallery/229/2012

Rebecca Barnes March 11, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Photo courtesy Photography by zackowen.
Lauren Jost March 12, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Thanks, Rebecca. Photo credit has been updated.
Mary Ann Burke March 12, 2012 at 06:19 PM
That is wonderful and very nice of them!


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