March 1, 2006
Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team kicked off its fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation on February 8 and since that date, the team has surpassed its initial goal of raising $10,000 for children's cancer research. With one week remaining in the fundraising campaign, the Pioneers have collected $12,035 towards their new goal of raising $15,000. The fundraising will culminate on Thursday, March 9, at The Field Restaurant in Bridgeport. Beginning at 7:00 PM, all 30 members of the team will have their heads shaved as a sign of solidarity with the children who typically lose their hair from chemotherapy.
The Pioneers are part of a collective group named Team Brent, in honor of Brent McCreesh, a three year old boy from Fairfield who has been battling Stage IV neuroblastoma since September 2004. To find the fundraising page of each Pioneer, follow the link to Team Brent at http://www.stbaldricks.org/team_detail.asp?id=1154. Each participant on Team Brent is listed at the bottom of the page. All donations can be made securely online and an e-mail confirmation of the donation will be sent by St. Baldrick's.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and in 1999, the St. Baldrick's Foundation was established to create awareness about the devastating effects of cancer in children and the need for more research in this area. Each year around St. Patrick's Day, fundraising events are held around the world and since its founding, the St. Baldrick's Foundation has raised more than $12 million. For additional information, please visit http://www.stbaldricks.org or contact Head Coach Shaun Hannah at (203) 876 2480.