March 13, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Over the last three weeks, the Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team has raised more then $10,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation for childhood cancer research. With just 24 hours remaining until the team has their heads shaved, the Pioneers are closing in on their goal of rasing $15,000. On Wednesday, March 14th beginning at 7:00 pm at The Field Restaurant in Fairfield, all 27 members of the team will have their heads shaved as a sign of solidarity.
The team is part of a collective group named Team Brent, in honor of Brent McCreesh, a four year old Southport boy diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in September 2004. Sportscaster Deb Kaufman will serve as the emcee for the event. Speakers will include Dr. Joe McNamara (Brent's oncologist) and John Bender, a representative from the St. Baldrick's board of directors. Shaving will begin at 7:30 pm.
Last year the team collected over $15,000 in donations for St. Baldrick's. Donations can be made securely online and an e-mail confirmation will be sent by St. Baldrick's acknowledging the donation. To make a contribution on behalf of a Pioneer, go to https://www.stbaldricks.org/index.html.
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 this disease and the need for more research in this area. Each year around St. Patrick's Day, fundraising events are held around the world and each participant has their head shaved as a sign of solidarity with the children who typically lose their hair from chemotherapy. Since its founding, St. Baldrick's has raised more than $12 million.
For additional information, please visit http://www.stbaldricks.org or call the Sacred Heart Hockey office at 203-876-2480.