Rescheduled: St. Baldrick’s/Team Teddy head shaving fund-raiser

The 6th annual St. Baldrick’s/Team Teddy-OHS event will be held Wednesday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m., at Osborn Hill School, 760 Stillson Road, Fairfield. (Event was rescheduled from Friday, March 20, due to the snow) Anyone interested in raising money by having their head shaved may sign up in advance by going to stbaldricks.org and typing in “Team Teddy.” Or sign up in person April 1.

If you don’t want to end up bald on Wednesday, there are lots of ways to participate — sponsor a shavee by donating money on their head, online or in person. Buy some baked goods. Have some Super Duper Weenie. Buy raffle tickets and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to win one of more than 50 gift baskets including Red Sox-Yankees tickets, a $500 gift certificate to Mitchell’s, a 3-month membership to Anytime Fitness, and a cocktail party for 20, donated by Susan Kane Catering.

Team Teddy was created to honor Teddy Gerber, who was in 3rd grade at OHS when he was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma, a rare and aggressive type of pediatric cancer. Teddy was recovering from two major surgeries in March 2010, but he was able to attend the event, and even acted as an honorary barber, shaving his dad’s, brother’s, and some friends’ heads. Less than six months later he passed away at the age of 9. Team Teddy continues on in his memory, and to date has raised more than $600,000. Teddy’s dad Bill Gerber recently became a member of St. Baldrick’s Foundation Board.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the US Government. Thousands of volunteers worldwide have funded over $100 million in research grants since the foundation was created in 2004. Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the US, more children die of cancer than any other disease — more than AIDS, asthma, cyclic fibrosis,congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. St. Baldrick’s is committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

Team Teddy was created to honor Teddy Gerber, who was in 3rd grade at OHS when he was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma, a rare and aggressive type of pediatric cancer.

Team Teddy was created to honor Teddy Gerber, who was in 3rd grade at OHS when he was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma, a rare and aggressive type of pediatric cancer.

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