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St. Baldrick’s Foundation Raises Money For Childhood Cancer [AUDIO]

Blaise Clair was dealt as tough a hand as a young man can be dealt on the day he was dropped off to start his college career this past fall. Blaise was diagnosed with leukemia.

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The young man comes from a large family, who rallied around him during his treatment. While doctors believe they have the leukemia under control and in remission with Blaise set to begin his college career this September instead, his family wanted to find a way to give back.

Rallying around the theme of how they can give back, the family got linked up with St Baldrick’s Foundation, which is one of the world’s largest volunteer-based fundraising charities fighting childhood cancer. Blaise’s aunt, Sheila Flemming, is one of the organizers of a fundraiser on June 10th at County Line Hardware in Jackson.

“St. Baldrick’s mission is to conquer this childhood cancer by funding the most promising research,” she said.

How St. Baldrick’s works is fundraisers are held, where participants shave their heads in exchange for donations. Since 2000, the charity, which was started by a group of friends at an irish pub, has raised over $146 million. St. Baldrick’s has held over 5,000 events, with more than 240,000 heads shaved.

Flemming says the goal is, “to raise money for research so that we can help these children. By having our heads shaved, that’s how we stand in solidarity with them and that’s what people will donate money for.”

She said one of the draw of St. Baldrick’s to her family was the amount of money that went to the cause.

“82 cents on every dollar goes to find a cure, 16 cents goes to fundraisers, and only 2 percent of it goes to administrative fees,” she said.

The June 10th event begins at 2 PM at County Line Hardware in Jackson, which is located at 707 Bennetts Mills Road. Several staff and personalities from New Jersey 101.5 are set to be on head to have their heads shaved as part of the event, including Dennis Malloy.

“It’s great that when you live in New Jersey, if you start something like this, everybody around you decides they are going to pitch in and help,” said Flemming.

Learn more about St. Baldrick’s online, as well as Dennis and Judi of New Jersey 101.5′s involvement with this cause online.

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