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Fire department shaves heads for childhood cancer research

Posted at 5:33 PM, Apr 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-08 19:33:27-04

The Montana City Volunteer Fire Department raised approximately $70,000 on Saturday after 55 people shaved their heads for Saint Baldrick’s Foundation’s Rock the Bald event.

People who offer to shave their heads receive monetary donations and then give the donations to childhood cancer research.

Kelly DeLaHunt was flown in by helicopter after being recognized for raising over $50,000.

"I came out here seeing all the pictures of the kids that are angels and it just kind of broke my heart and I have been doing it ever since," DeLaHunt said.

The event was held in the Montana City School’s gymnasium where there was also an Irish dancing performance, bake sale, and silent auction.

The Montana City Volunteer Fire Department received an award for their Rock the Bald event and for raising more than $500,000 throughout 11 years.

James Buchanan is a childhood cancer survivor and he participated in the event.

His mother, Tammy Buchanan, said he is cured, meaning that his cancer has zero chance of returning.

"When something like this happens to your child, it’s devastating financially and emotionally," she said. "So kids in the future will have more hope for a cure than they ever had before because of what this community does."

For more information or to donate, please visit the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation website.

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