Annual St. Baldrick's event doing great things in fight against cancer
KINSTON, Lenoir County - When the St. Baldrick's Foundation hosted it's first event in Kinston, about 10 people shaved their heads in support of people battling cancer. This year, more than 100 people participated in the event.
"I'm trying to raise awareness like everybody else. I've got a friend who has cancer and it's always important to support events like this," Lenoir County Commissioner Eric Rouse said.
This is Rouse's first time shaving his head for the cause, but he said he has no regrets.
The Brave the Shave event raised more than $27,000 last year, and this year the goal was $25,000. However, organizer David Ricky said he hopes to go far beyond the goal. Ricky said the event holds a special place in his heart.
"At a young age, I lost both of my parents to cancer," he said.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation was originally founded in 1998 in New York. Since then, the organization has been able to contribute more than $30,000,000 to childhood cancer research each year.