The 8th Annual New Mexico Firefighters event benefits the St. Baldrick's Foundation by raising funds and awareness of cancers that target the young. The money raised through the shaving of heads goes to provide researchers the financial resources they need to find cures for cancers that affect children. A large portion of the money raised benefits local research efforts.
Since the humble beginnings of this event, firefighters have helped raise over $250,000. In 2014, the event surpassed its goal with almost $50,000 collected. This year, New Mexico firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and many community members hope to raise $55,000 to help fund research efforts through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The event will take place at the Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle, in Rio Rancho on Sunday, March 8,
2015, from noon to 4 p.m. In addition to the public shaving of heads,
there will be live music, fun activities for adults and kids, Irish
dancers and bag pipe bands, food, firefighter demonstrations, fire
apparatus and classic car displays, and a family-friendly
Although the Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue Department is serving as host agency for this event, there are firefighters from many departments around the region that are joining in. Departments from Santa Fe, Sandoval County, Corrales, Albuquerque, and Los Alamos are participating. Additionally, officers from Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, the CNM EMS Education Program, and many businesses and individuals have offered to shave their heads.
To find out more information about this event, or the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, click here.