St. Baldricks

Andy O'Donnell and Tammy Whiteman are helping to organize a childhood cancer research fundraising event in East Marlborough.

EAST MARLBOROUGH—The Po-Mar-Lin Fire Co. will host a childhood cancer researching fundraising event on April 14 at the firehouse from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event was organized b two local Chester County residents, Tammy Whiteman a paramedic for Medic 94 in Southern Chester County and Andrew O’Donnell, Transport/Flight Nurse for Nemours A.I.duPont Hospital in Wilmington, and a paramedic for Medic 93 at Brandywine Hospital (Tower Health).

The event, called St.Baldrick’s, began  three years ago and officials have raised over $30,000 for childhood cancer research. The goal this year is $20,000 for a total of $50,000 raised. The event will offer besides shaving heads, food, music, face painting, moon bounce, fire apparatus, raffle baskets, and items for auction.

Some of the groups that will participate will be members of Pa. State Police, Upper Uwchlan Police Motorcycle Team, Red Knights Motorcycle (Chester County Fire Fighters) Group and the West Caln Township Police Canine unit. All donations small and large are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible. Follow the fundraising on Facebook: St.Baldrick’s Chester County.

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes and Childhood cancer is the number 1 disease killer of kids in the U.S. The current childhood cancer research is significantly underfunded of the U.S. federal funding for cancer research, only 4 percent is solely dedicated to childhood cancers.

St. Baldrick’s is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has committed more than $253 million to lifesaving research. Grants include training the next generation of researchers, supporting innovative research and helping institutions treat more children in clinical trials.

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