Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 2 minutes and 1 in 285 children in the US will be diagnosed with cancer before they turn 20. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has funded over $200 million in lifesaving grants that focus on every major type of childhood cancer. The primary means of raising funds for the Foundation centers around the idea of people – men and women, young and old alike – raising as much money as they can prior to shaving their heads in solidarity with those children affected by cancer.
The “shave” which occurs each year around St. Patrick’s Day has been hosted locally by Kitty Hoynes Pub in Armory Square since 2005. In just over ten years, the event held at Kitty Hoynes has become the second highest-grossing venue in the country for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and in 2016 the Kitty Hoynes event raised nearly $600,000 to become the highest-grossing event in the country! Sláinte Kitty Hoynes!! In our first three years participating in the event, Team Fayetteville Fire and Friends has raised just shy of $50,000 for the Foundation, and for the last two years, we were one of the top 10 highest-grossing teams.