BCFR Crews Show Support of St. Baldrick’s
By Space Coast Daily // February 15, 2014
public encouraged to participate in event
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Residents may notice a sea of green moving through Brevard County during the month of March.
Men and women from Brevard County Fire Rescue will be donning green shirts in support of the 2014 St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research campaign.
This is the fourth year the fire department has rallied behind the cause with fundraising efforts that culminate with a mass head shaving event in Viera on March 15, where participants – men, women and kids – shed their locks in support of children fighting cancer.
Brevard County Fire Rescue has raised about $75,000 in its three years of involvement, while the Brevard community at large has come together to raise $500,000 in that timeframe. This year, the fire department’s goal is to surpass the $30,000 it generated in 2013.
Continuing with tradition, Brevard County Fire Rescue is in friendly competition to surpass fundraising efforts by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, a race to see which public safety agency can raise the most green.
CITIZENS CAN GET INVOLVED IN SEVERAL WAYS
• Visit StBaldricks.org and sign up to be a shavee, a volunteer or a barber. Registrants can join a team or remain individuals.
• Donate through BCFR’s team link: www.StBaldricks.org/Teams/B
• Purchase one of the green shirts, with proceeds going to St. Baldrick’s. See attached photo of the shirts that come in men’s and women’s styles. Cost: $20. To order, email Richard.Connor@BrevardCounty.US
Each year, a few women join the shaving adventure and BCFR’s Lt. Maureen (Moe) McDevitt has signed up to have her head shaved at the live event. When she was told that it was a brave thing to undergo the shears, she responded:
“I am not brave. I met a lot of families up at Shands who had children with cancer. When my son was burned, it was devastating but I knew he would recover,” McDevitt said. “I can’t imagine not knowing if my child would recover. All of those families were in that spot. Would their child recover? A constant question. I learned how brave and strong children can be, both my own son and the cuties we met. One little boy was 8 or 10 and on his fifth remission cycle. He was the brave one. My hair is nothing compared to that.”
PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN EVENT
Garrett Lamp, St. Baldrick’s volunteer event coordinator, said he is grateful for BCFR’s participation year after year:
“The benevolence of the fire department is a huge part of the success here on the Space Coast. They create a buzz when they arrive on scene of the shave, it’s a fun group of people who bring energy, compassion and sharing in the spirit of competition to raise the most money for St. Baldrick’s.”
The public is welcome to the big shave, where last year 45 people let their hair down.