03/09/2014 10:03 AM -
Rhinos Shave Their Heads to Support Childhood Cancer Research
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 El Paso Event Center (4100 E. Paisano). On Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 pm, the entire El Paso Rhinos Junior A team, including the coaching, training and team staff, will shave their heads to raise money that will help conquer childhood cancers.
The previously existing partnership between the Rhinos and St. Baldrick’s was strengthened in 2012 when after a Rhino bantam player was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomysarcoma. Fifteen year old Katie Woods first noticed a bump on her leg while playing hockey. The bump’s rapid growth led her parents to take her to the doctor shortly thereafter. Testing revealed that the bump was a malignant tumor and that the cancer had already spread to her leg, hip, shoulder and spine. Since her diagnosis, the tumor has been removed and Katie currently has no living cancer cells. She is in complete remission and is not in need of any further treatments!
To honor Katie and all other children who are battling cancer, the 2013-14 El Paso Rhinos will don bald heads to represent the strength and courage these young fighters possess. Since cancer knows no boundaries, players from several countries, including the United States, the Czech Republic, Russia, Latvia and Canada will put their heads up for bid! For the fourth consecutive year, fans will be able to bid on their favorite Rhinos’ heads and take the first swipe of hair removal. For more information on bidding, call 915-479-7825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Online donations may also be made on behalf of the team or any of its players by visiting http://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/ElPasoRhinos2014. To continue support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation or for more information, please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org