Several DynCorp International team members participated in a head-shaving event to raise funds for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research. The DI team took part in a local event held at The Avenue Viera in Viera, Fla., on March 15, 2014, and raised a total of $2,500.
Five DI team members volunteered to have their heads shaved to support nine-year-old Matthew S., of Palm Bay, Fla., who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in November 2010.
“We chose to support St. Baldrick’s as childhood cancer has impacted the lives of many of our fellow team members, family and friends,” said Joseph Balser, DynCorp International manager, IT Business Systems & Development.
Jorge Camacho, DynCorp International quality control inspector, said, “I haven’t shaved my head since I joined the military 38 years ago. Shaving it to raise funds for childhood cancer research was most comforting, thinking that I could help save a young life.”
“The generosity displayed by the DynCorp International Team and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation amazes me,” commented Stephen Shillingsburg, IT systems analyst, DynCorp International. “Having a personal link to childhood cancer brings certain imbedded knowledge with that connection. My sincerest appreciation goes to all whom have participated directly and indirectly in this worthy cause.”
St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Events
St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 to more than 1,300 events in 2012, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Because children with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, “shavees” for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation show their support by shaving their heads voluntarily, standing proudly bald beside them.
The true goal of head-shaving events is to inspire friends and family to donate to the cure for childhood cancer, raising funds for lifesaving childhood cancer research. “Shavees” sign up on the website, collect money from friends and family much like a walk-a-thon, then participate at a volunteer-organized event in their community to take their turn in the barber’s chair. More than $25 million has already been raised through these events in 2014.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for life-saving childhood cancer research and funds more in childhood cancer grants than any organization except for the U.S. government.
Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $127 million to support the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world.