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Event helps fund cancer research

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

Pediatric cancer is the No. 1 killer of our country's children, but there is an effort under way to change that ... and you can be a part of that effort.

Area residents can help to fight pediatric cancer, and raise awareness of the disease, by participating in a special event this Sunday in St. Elmo.

Regional firefighters are holding a St. Baldricks Foundation fundraiser at the St. Elmo Fire Station. A ham and beans dinner that begins at 11:30 a.m. is followed by the shaving of about 50 heads.

Those who have agreed to have their heads shaved are joining in the global St. Baldricks project. Since 2000, more than 46,000 people including more than 3,000 women have agreed to shave their heads as part of the successful efforts to raise more than $34,000.

How can you be a part of the effort? Show up at the St. Elmo Fire Station on Sunday to enjoy some ham and beans, as well as support those who have agreed to put their heads under the blade.

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