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Eagle Fire Department hosts St. Baldrick’s event to benefit children’s cancer research

A local youngster smiles as he gets his head shaved alongside fellow head shavees for the annual St. Baldrick's head shaving at the fire station in Eagle.The annual St. Paddy's Day event raises money for child cancer research and is planned this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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EAGLE — If someone is going to volunteer to have his or her head shaved in front of a cheering audience, then there had better be a pretty good reason why.

On Saturday, there is.

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 the Eagle Fire Department Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dozens of shavees will step up to the barber’s chair in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to conquer childhood cancers — 97 percent of money raised goes directly to research or to assist families dealing with the disease.

According to Michele Ziccardi of the Greater Eagle Fire Department, this spring marks the 12th year the department has hosted the St. Baldrick’s event.

“Former chief Jon Asper started the event with Cindy Petit in 2005 and the Eagle Fire Department continues to honor their hard work and dedication by continuing the effort,” she said.

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For nine of those 12 years, Eagle firefighter Randy Cohen has been a shavee. He’s always more than happy to surrender his locks for the cause.

“It kind of preps you for the summer. We just look at it as helping kids and what all they go through,” Cohen said. “Personally, I just enjoy supporting kids and showing them they are not alone.”

Representatives from local first responder organizations — fire departments, police departments, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office — will be out in force and members of the public are urged to drop by the station to participate in the fun. Shaving volunteers collect pledges for their public shearing, but participants don’t have to go to the (barber’s) chair to donate. The event also includes a silent auction, food vendors and a Patterns of Joy hat sewing station.

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