POSTED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 1:24pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 1:24pm
PHARR, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — In a bold statement of solidarity with kids with cancer, twenty-seven (27) volunteers shaved their heads at a recent St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising event at Pharr Civic Center to raise money for childhood cancer. Fifteen thousand ($15,000) of the twenty five thousand ($25,000) goal has been raised locally. This event is part of a global effort to Conquer Childhood Cancers which has raised $13.5 million so far this year and hopes to surpass the $33.5 million raised in 2012.
Oscar Adame again served as the emcee and pointed out that the Vannie E. Cook Children's Cancer Clinic has received grants from the St Baldricks Foundation exceeding the amount raised locally.
Robert Heiser, local organizer encouraged the public to use the local web page www.stbaldricks.org/events/valley  to continue to donate and help meet and exceed the $25,000 goal.
The shavees varied in age from Robert Heath of the Texas Trails RV Resort Team, who is 92 years young, to Memphis Hernandez the 6 year old son of Alma Hernandez. Barbers from the Attitudes Beauty Boutique, Unique Hair Designs, Smart Style and Julies Beauty Shop donated their time to the event.
Juan Silvia, a Walmart manager presented a $3,500 check to organizer Robert Heiser on behalf of four local Walmart stores. HEB and Kohl's each donated $1,000 and provided volunteers to conduct the event. Many businesses and individuals donated over 50 items for a raffle and silent auction.
Thriteen people decided to shave their head on the spot and will along with the other shavees be wearing their "Ask Me Why I'm Bald" Buttons on their St Baldricks T-Shirts and asking local businesses, friends and family to donate on their behalf and in honor or memory of a loved one.