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02/11/2011 12:03 PM -
My wife Josie and I lost our son Kevin to Leukemia on July 19, 2003 after a year-long battle. Kevin was 13 at the time. We got involved with local fund-raisers (Brisket plates, etc.) for a few local families that we found out were going through similar situation as what we had went through with Kevin. in 2007 My Nephew Angel, who is a Firefighter in Albuquerque, sent an email to me requesting a donation on behalf of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. I had never heard of St. Baldrick's so I researched them to make sure they were legit and find out what they were all about. I liked the fact that St. Baldrick's is volunteer driven and that they operate with as little overhead as possible, allowing for the donations they collect going to actually funding research. I donated on behalf of Angel that year and then decided that organizing a local St. Baldrick's event was something that I could do also.
We held our first St. Baldrick's in March of 2008 and wound up raising over $18,000 while shaving 56 peoples heads - including 10 women, one of which was my mother-in-law Trini Mendes who is a 30 year survivor of breast cancer.
Our second event was in March of 2009. Our fund-raising was less than in '08 ($13,000) but our shavees grew to 110.
Our third event took place in March of 2010 and we did not know what to expect because of the economy. Well, I am happy to tell you that we wound up shaving 159 heads and raising over $32,000.
We involve as many families of children with cancer, both survivors and those that have lost their battles, in our event and we try to make it a special day for those that can attend.