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‘Shave’ Donations Top $4,000


Event organizers said the Be Brave and Shave event was a success. More from Kyler’s mother, Tammy Palacios:

I wanted to let you know that we were able to raise $1,500 on September 16th. In total about $4,000 was raised.

The site will be open for donation up until December. We had between 20-30 people shave.

ORIGINAL POST September 14, 2012

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — After 5-year-old Kyler lost his 22-month battle with cancer, a charity event to raise awareness about his disease will go on.  

A story from noted Kyler was dubbed the youngest fire fighter at the Coles Volunteer Fire Department. More now in a letter from Kyler’s mother, Tammy Palacios:

Kyler, 5, lost his 22-month battle with cancer in August. (Submitted photo),

My youngest son Kyler was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor. Most of his treatment has been with Childrens Hospital at either their hospital in Washington or in an offsite clinic in Falls Church.

An organization called “Heroes Against Childhood” cancer puts on “Be brave and Shave” event where all proceeds go toward Children’s National Medical Center cancer programs. 

After Kyler’s tumor was stable and his first set of treatments stop I wanted to give something back for all that the hospital has done for him.

In April while planning this event Kyler’s tumor returned. He tried more treatments but none of them worked. Aug. 25, Kyler earned his angel wings after 22 months battle with cancer.

He always had a smile and a fighter attitude. He wanted was looking forward to be one of the first to have their heads shaved.

I decided that the shave should go on since this was something he wanted. It will be held on Sunday Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Coles District Volunteer Fire Department in Prince William County.

We will also have a bake sale table there. It is open to the public, children and adults can participate. For more information you can contact Meredith Chipman 301-565-8422 of


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