KINSTON, Lenoir County - The 7th annual Kinston Lenoir County St. Baldrick's Head Shaving event was scheduled for Tuesday evening.
More than 150 volunteers will be getting their heads shaved to raise awareness and money for childhood cancers. The volunteers are made up of city and county fire fighters, law enforcement officers, other emergency services personnel and people from the community. These people have raised money for the St. Baldrick's organization by having people sponsor them to have their heads shaved.
Last year the event raised more than $27,000 towards research into cures for childhood cancer. Nationally, events like these last year raised more than $38 million dollars for the research grants.
Why is this important? According to a release from the Kinston Police Department, only about 5% of federal cancer research money goes towards childhood cancers, and the kids are the ones who would benefit the most. Officials there also reported every two minutes a family is told their child has cancer.
The group will meet at East Coast Wings of Kinston, 3021 N. Heritage Street, to participate. The Greenville Public Safety Pipes and Drums Band will be there among all of the fire departments within the area.