March 21, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Over the past month, the Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team has participated in the St. Baldrick's Foundation campaign to raise funds for childhood cancer research. To date the team has raised $13,700 towards a goal of raising $15,000. The campaign culminated on Wednesday March 14th when all 27 members of the team had their heads shaved bald 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. On Wednesday, over 300 people of the cause packed The Field Restaurant in Black Rock in support of the cause. Sportscaster Deb Kaufman served as the emcee for the event. Speakers included Dr. Joe McNamara (Brent's oncologist) and John McKenna, a representative from the St. Baldrick's board of directors.
Last year the team collected over $15,000 in donations for St. Baldrick's. Donations are still being accepted and 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/participants/team_info.html?TeamID=158&ViewDetails=shavees.
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.