‘Mark Prado SalonSpa’ Stylist Francesca LaRosa begins the first of what will be 36 head shavings Saturday at Los Alamos Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Local Firefighters, children and a local reporter participated in what will become an annual event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help fight childhood cancers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Charlie Grider, 6, and Luke Johnson, 3, have their heads shaved for the St. Baldrick’s event Saturday morning at Station # 3 in White Rock. Luke’s father, Capt. Tim Johnson supervises the work to his son’s head. Both boys wanted to join their fathers, Johnson and Deputy Chief Justin Grider in shaving their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Courtesy/LAFD
Newly bald Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider photographs Fire Chief Troy Hughes getting his head shaved at Saturday’s charitable event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
Nearly $5,000 was raised as 31 Los Alamos Firefighters had their head shaved Saturday at Station 3 in White Rock for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a childhood cancer charity funding the most promising research to help find cures for kids with cancer.
“This is going to be an annual event and I’d like to drop the gauntlet to make it even bigger next year,” Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said. “I’m very proud of all of our firefighters who are participating but it would be nice to have a spirited competition with our brothers in blue next year.”
Grider and Fire Chief Troy Hughes also participated in the charitable event by having their head shaved.
“This is a very worthy cause and something we are glad to take part in,” Hughes said.
Stylists Francesca LaRosa and Paul Cox from Mark Prado SalonSpa in Albuquerque traveled to White Rock Saturday and volunteered their time shaving heads.
“These two stylists didn’t second guess it – they volunteered immediately,” said Mark Prado SalonSpa Marketing Director Karyth Becenti. “The positive energy these firefighters are giving this community is awesome and we couldn’t say no.”
St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events are taking place around the world from Hong Kong to Honolulu and everywhere in between—all with one goal—to cure childhood cancer.
To learn more, visit www.stbaldricks.org.
Stylist Paul Cox turns the shears on Firefighter Adrian Carabajal. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Firefighter Adrian Carabajal looses a lot of hair. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Firefighters and their family members turn out to participate and support each other during Saturday’s charitable head shaving event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Caught up in the exuberating occasion, Fire Capt. James Thwaits kisses event organizer Capt. Micah Brittelle on the cheek as the two go bald to help fight childhood cancers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider goes under the shears at Saturday’s charitable event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Battalion Chief Steve Dawald said this is the first time he has had his head shaved since he was in about the fifth grade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Fire Chief Troy Hughes gets on the phone in an attempt to convince Police Chief Wayne Torpy to come down to Station 3 and shave off his pompadour for the worthy cause. Torpy was otherwise engaged and unable to participate. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Firefighters and their families gather at Saturday’s charitable event. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, center, explains that proceeds from the event will go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
After watching firefighters take the plunge, Monitor reporter Tris DeRoma got in the spirit and had his head shaved as well Saturday at Station 3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Charlie Grider, 6, son of Deputy Chief Justin Grider and Cori Grider of White Rock. Courtesy/LAFD
Luke Johnson, 3, son of Capt. Tim Johnson and Shannon Johnson of White Rock. Courtesy/LAFD
Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and several of the many firefighter shavees from Saturday’s event lined up at Station 3 after having their head shaved for the Baldrick’s Foundation fight to cure childhood cancers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com