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St. Baldrick's Day funds tallied, $50,000 goal reached


June 23, 2010
Over 160 team members and generous donators shaved their heads for a good cause on Saturday, June 5 at the Gilford Youth Center, and managed to raise $50,383.82 during the course of the St. Baldrick's Day event, "Shaving for the Cure."

The St. Baldrick's Foundation supports research for childhood cancer.

Volunteers from all over the Lakes Region and New Hampshire attend the annual fundraiser in Gilford, which has donated almost $275,000 to the foundation within the last seven years, contributing to the overall $20 million the foundation has managed to collect in the U.S.

For 2010, the St. Baldrick's Foundation has raised a whopping $20,264,432 and counted 33,162 male shavees, 3,700 female shavees, and 735 events compared, to 2009, at $16,652,762 in proceeds, with 30,586 male shavees, 2,746 female shavees, and 630 events in the U.S.

Although a final number is still in the works for 2010, those participating in the fundraiser held at the GYC aimed for a goal of $50,000 this year, and they made it with $383.82 to spare.

Top fundraising participants included Michael Ware who raised $2,950, Jim Coffey at $2,425, Brother Dave Builders at $4,023, and the Tilton Veterinary Hospital – Lakes Region Radiology at about $7,415.

Along with donators, a dozen more participating teams at the event included the Gilford Firefighters, Gilford Police Department, Dover Fire Rescue, Wolfeboro Firefighters, Moultonborough Firefighters and Friends, Moultonboro Baldcats, Farmington Fire Rescue, Strafford Fire and Rescue, Bryce the Brave, Austin's Angels, Bald Neighbors, Bald Eagles, Baldrick's Buzz Boys, Pack 68 Cub Scouts, Shamrocks for Shannon, and the Weeks.

According to the St. Baldrick's Day Web site, 160,000 children a year are diagnosed with cancer world-wide. In New Hampshire alone, 73 children from the ages of 0-19 years old are diagnosed with cancer on a yearly basis.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization, other than the U.S. Government. From 2005-2009, the foundation collected a sum of $41,719,799 for this cause, thanks to communities such as Gilford and the Lakes Region who host and support annual fundraisers.

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