A Close Shave For Cancer Funding

Nine firefighters are a little less hairy after the pre-shaving event at the Sparks Fire Department Headquarters.

"It's a change, it's cold, but you get over it. It grows back, it's not a big deal," says Sparks firefighter Jarrod Stewart.

Undergoing the "Mr. Clean treatment" isn't a big deal considering the cause. They're raising money for the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation.

"Hair grows back. Hopefully the cancer reduction and the ceasing of cancer in various different people. Hopefully the cancer doesn't grow back," says Sparks Fire Captain of Training Division Eric Millette.

All of that money goes to help children like Courtney, a Sparks 6th grader who attended the event despite suffering from a brain tumor. Life has been very tough for Courtney and her family since the diagnosis.

"Her mom lost her job after her daughter was diagnosed, so the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation, that is what we're there for. To make sure that they can get the treatment that they need," says NNCCF Programs & Services Director Leslie Katich.

This event is part of a national fundraiser run by the St. Baldrick's foundation which is a volunteer driven charity dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer.

"It is a simple easy process, to really show your support for those that need a lot more support than we could ever give them. And the small amount of money that we can raise can help," says Millette.

The final shaving event for St. Baldrick's is happening next saturday on St. Patrick's day and you can actually shave your head too. To find out how, log on to http://www.nvchildrenscancer.org/.

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