OWL VFD, usually known for putting out fires and responding to 911 calls, put their hair on the line to raise funds for research to find new cures for childhood cancer. On March 8, 2013, Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department hosted their 9th Annual St. Baldrick’s Event. With 61 heads shaved, OWL VFD raised more than $40,000 and still counting, exceeding last year’s efforts by at least $9,000 dollars.

“A bald head to give a kid with cancer a chance for a cure? Absolutely! It gets a bit cold, but I am happy to help,” says Firefighter Ernest DeSantis.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation provides grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The Foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the ever popular local band, “Type A”. This is in addition to the already jam-packed night that also included a silent auction and a catered dinner.

“Everyone from the shavees to the donors and sponsors are part of the OWL VFD effort to make a difference for children with cancer. We are proud to partner with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and our community,” explained Tony Carroll, OWL’s event coordinator.

-Submitted by OWL Volunteer Fire Department