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nyone who has ex- perienced childhood cancer in any capac-


ity knows the impor- tance of finding a cure for this dead- ly disease. With this in mind, it took more than pounding rain, howling winds, and at times parking shortages to stop the spirit of firefighters, police, and all who gathered at Fire Station 89 in the name of fighting childhood can- cer at this year’s LAFD/ LAPD St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser. On Saturday, March


17st the LAFD and LAPD again joined together to produce another successful St. Baldrick’s fund- raiser to find a cure for childhood cancer at Fire Station 89. Worldwide over 160,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer every year and many of them lose their hair during treatment. Like this year’s participants, Along with my LAFD co- organizer Engineer Sean Kennedy and LAPD organizer Lieutenant Greg Doyle (again along with his cancer survivor son Will), we all shaved our heads to support kids with a simi-


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lar “baldness” in exchange for pledges from family and friends. In the process of losing our hair along with other “shaves,” we are helping to find a cure for a disease that sadly takes the lives of more U.S. children than any other illness.


This year’s event could have been drowned out by the relentless rain and strong winds, but hu- man spirit and compas- sion prevailed against the elements to produce the most successful event to date—with more than $105,000 being raised thus far!


Leading the charge for the LAFD were Division Chief Patrick Butler and Bat- talion Chief Dennis Waters—while LAPD Deputy Chief Jorge Vil- legas also shaved his head and commended his police officers on their support. Council- man Dennis Zine and re- nowned City of Hope Pedi- atric Neuro-Oncologist Dr. Clarke Anderson pleaded with the audience to con- tribute funds into a hat that were passed around before they lopped their locks in the name of fighting childhood cancer. From the “Twilight” movie, Julia Jones shined as a ce-


lebrity barber even though she had never shaved a head before. Like- wise, fellow actress Patrika Darbo from Days of Our Lives smiled as she christened her shavees’ with bald domes. This year’s event included


the usual generosity of Interna- tional House of Pancakes and Starbucks providing a delicious free breakfast. Face painter Chloe Akana, Los Angeles World Series


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