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Firefighters, Police Officers, Cal High Staff & Students Shave Bald in Support of 5-Year-Old Cancer Survivor

The proceeds from the fundraiser benefitted the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help support kids with cancer.

SAN RAMON, Ca: Firefighters, Police Officers, Cal High staff & students shave bald in support of J.J., a brain cancer survivor. Photo credit: SRVFD
SAN RAMON, Ca: Firefighters, Police Officers, Cal High staff & students shave bald in support of J.J., a brain cancer survivor. Photo credit: SRVFD

Information submitted by San Ramon Valley Firefighters—

San Ramon Valley Firefighters along with San Ramon Police Officers and Cal High faculty and students “took it all off”, hair that is, during their lunch hour today, March 20 in the Cal High quad. 

J.J., a San Ramon resident, is 5-years-old and a two-time brain cancer survivor. His amazing story of strength and spirit sparked the event. 

“When J.J.’s mom called the Fire District to ask us to participate in the St. Baldrick’s Shave for the Brave fundraiser, we jumped at the opportunity to support their effort and this amazing little boy,” said Erik Falkenstrom, San Ramon Valley Fire Captain.  “We are honored to partner with San Ramon Police and the administration at Cal High to increase awareness around childhood cancers.”

J.J. and his family rode to the event in a San Ramon Valley Fire engine, driven by off duty firefighters who came in on their day off to support the event.  The fire engine was escorted by San Ramon Police.

J.J. was presented with a “special superhero cape” complete with the San Ramon Valley Fire logo donated by the “capes4hero” organization.

“We are so overwhelmed by the support and generosity,” said Holly Moisa, J.J.’s mom.  “This will be a day our family will never forget.”

Over 60 Police Officers and Firefighters were on hand with J.J. and his family to watch the hair fall.  Eight volunteer hairdressers from Sports Clips in San Ramon did the honors.

All donations from today’s event went directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, whose mission is to end childhood cancers.  

Additional donations can be made to the “Team JJ” fund by visiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation home page at www.stbaldricks.org, clicking the donate button at the top and then entering “Team JJ” in the search box. 

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally-accredited special district that provides all-risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of MorganTerritory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.

 

Kathy Bonitz March 22, 2014 at 09:20 AM
St. Baldrick's is a great foundation and it's so good to hear that there was a local event. I hope they will make it an annual event. When I put an event together in CO we had the fire and police departments competing on who could raise the most funds. It was a blast and that year we raised over $25k.

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