Some Union firefighters are hoping to take a cut out of childhood cancers.

Members of the Union Fire Protection District and others, are taking part in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head shaving event next month.

It will be at the Union Firehouse No. 3 Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at noon.

The firehouse is located at 1690 Denmark Road, Union.

Firefighters, and others, are accepting donations in exchange for locks of their own hair.

Participants are shaving their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and to raise money to “conquer childhood cancers.”

To donate, people may visit the website:

The event is inspired, in part, by Jared Kessels’ in his fight against non-Hodgkin Burkitt’s Lymphoma.

Kessels has been cancer free for six years.

Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the United States will not survive. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

For more information, people may call Hidritch or Andy Thwing at the Union Firehouse No. 1 at 636-583-2515.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $103 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow.

Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1-888-899.BALD or visit