LAFD looking to raise $10K

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By Tris DeRoma

 This year, the Los Alamos Fire Department is welcoming all comers to its annual St. Baldrick’s shave-a-thon, where participants raise funds for children’s cancer research, as well as get their head shaved. 

The LAFD is now accepting donations, looking to raise as twice as much as it did last year by March 15. Last year, firefighters raised $5,000.

Capt. Micah Britelle is the organizer of the fundraiser, as he was last year. 

Firefighters in Los Alamos have been participating for years at other events and in 2013, Capt. Micah Brittelle stepped up and wanted to host an event here, LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider said.

The department’s St. Baldrick’s page can be found at stbaldricks.org/events. In the search bar, just type in “Los Alamos Fire Department.” You’ll then be presented with a list of individual participants in the event, as well as the LAFD’s main page of the event. If you see anyone you know, feel free to make a donation to his or her page. According Grider,  you can even sign up to be a part of the event itself as well as form your own team. 

“We hope to host this event annually and the great folks of Los Alamos can help in a couple of ways,” Grider added. “One, go to stbaldricks.com and join the event as a shavee and raise your own money or two, pick a responder or community member and help them achieve their goal.  You can also donate to the event using those same web pages.”

Between 9 a.m. and noon on March 15, the “shavees” as they’re officially called, will gather  at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock, 129 State Road  4 to get their heads shaved. 

According to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s website, the head shave event is a symbolic gesture to show unity with kids that have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. All proceeds benefit the childhood cancer research. Each year the foundation annually distributes funds supporting various research centers, as well as distribute money through  research grants to various organizations. 

“The priorities for St. Baldrick’s  is to spend as little money  as possible and making sure every donation goes to the best research to find cures for kids fighting cancer,” Grider said. 

“Since the beginning, firefighters, police and the military have embraced this concept and thousands of communities  have added head shaving to their public service with events in police and fire stations across the country and even in military bases in Iraq and Germany. 

“Firefighters in Los Alamos have been participating for years at other events.”