Going bald for a cause

Firefighter heads shaved for childhood cancer research

Photo courtesy of North Metro Fire Rescue
Caleb Larson, a firefighter/paramedic with North Metro Fire Rescue, gets his hair shaved as part of the St. Baldrick’s event last year for charity. This year, NMFR is hosting its own St. Baldrick’s event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Exchange Tavern, 11940 Bradburn Blvd. in Westminster.

Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and in the U.S., more children die of cancer than any other diseases, according to St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

To help the foundation raise money to fund cancer research to discover cures, North Metro Firefighters & Friends Local 2203 is one of five teams participating in a Shave-a-Thon event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 14, at The Exchange Tavern, 11940 Bradburn Blvd. No. 300 in Westminster.

While North Metro Fire Rescue District has been involved in Shave-a-Thon events in the past, this is the first time it has hosted its own event.

“The goal was to bring something closer to home to honor local families battling cancer,” said Caleb Larson, firefighter/paramedic with NMFR.

The other teams participating in NMFR’s event are Louisville Fire, Cure Bears, Westy Fire and Big Dogs Huge Paws. NMFR’s individual group goal is $4,000, which is surpassed as of Friday last week with $4,390 raised so far. The overall event goal is $7,000, and as of last Friday, $6,865 was raised.

NMFR has 25 people pledged to shave their heads during the March 14 event. Larson said that to be involved with the fundraiser, you don’t have to be a shavee.

“The point of being (a shavee) is to show solidarity with children who didn’t choose to go bald but did because it’s a byproduct of cancer,” he said.

The event is family-friendly and will feature live music, food, drinks and the shaving.

The Exchange Tavern is offering a free beer to anyone who goes bald and donates $5 to the foundation.

“The fire department is all about building community and people standing together in their time of need, and that’s the heart of the Exchange Tavern, too,” Teddi Davis, owner of the Exchange Tavern said.

Donations are accepted throughout the year, and can be made by visiting .