March 10, 2006
Fairfield, CT - Over the last month, the Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team has raised over $15,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, in support of childhood cancer research. Thursday night the campaign culminated at The Field Restaurant, on Fairfield Avenue, in Bridgeport where all 30 members of the team had their heads shaved as a sign of solidarity with the children who typically lose their hair from chemotherapy.
The Pioneers were 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. All together, the group has raised over $170,000 in support of childhood cancer research.
The Field Restaurant was packed with over 80 people who had their heads shaved for the cause. Many more people were there to offer their support to those shaving, as well as to the campaign as a whole.
Pioneers head coach Shaun Hannah described his thoughts on the evening in one word: amazing. "To see the atmosphere and outpouring of support in this room tonight, it was just amazing," Hannah said.
By participating in the fundraiser, the Pioneer players and staff wanted to help ensure that children have the same opportunities they did.
"We have a group of guys in our locker room who have all had healthy childhoods," Hannah said. "We want to make sure that all children have the same chance to have good childhoods as our players did."
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.
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. For additional information, please visit http://www.stbaldricks.org.