Jared Bradshaw had been growing out his hair since July for a reason – the big day that arrived on Sunday.
And, then, just like that, off came the hair.
The 18-year-old Cleveland High student was among 125 “shavees” who participated in the New Mexico Firefighters Event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation held at the Santa Ana Star Center. The annual event, which raises money to help fund research to find a cure for cancers affecting children, has firefighters, police officers, EMTs and others such as Bradshaw shaving their heads in solidarity with the young victims.
Approximately $65,000 was raised during this year’s event, based on a soft count of the funds.
“Since this event began in 2007, the NM Firefighters Event has raised over $435,000 to help fund children’s cancer research,” said Rio Rancho Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Paul Bearce.
All told, 167 people registered for the event. Along with the shavees were 35 volunteers, 16 registered barbers, 18 teams and 50 people recognized for multiple years of participation.