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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Head shaving for St. Baldrick's in memory of junior fireman

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  • KIMBLES - Over 60 members of the community will come together in solidarity Saturday, May 10 by voluntarily shaving their heads to support cancer research at the Forest Volunteer Fire Company for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.  
        In memory of Junior Firefighter Lt. Jake Daniels, volunteers are hoping to raise $10,000 for a disease that Jess Schmitt, Jake's sister and a head leader in the day's events said affects everyone somehow.
        With the help of her mom Ruth and Tyler Dodt a student at Wallenpauapck Area High School who has decided to make the fundraiser his senior project, the St. Baldrick's event will be an event for everyone whether one plans to be a “shavee,” or enjoy some food and time with friends. Dodt is also a member of Forest.
         Schmitt said the Forest Volunteer Fire Company has been wonderful in helping the family and since it was Jake's second home, there was no better place to have the fundraiser. Especially since Jake was a shavee at a fundraiser in Dingman's Ferry.
        Although Schmitt isn't sure if she will shave her head, there are a few women signed up, and if someone doesn't want to shave it all, she said people can have mohawks done. One women who is signed up, happens to be Schmitt's 24-year-old sister Becca. Schmitt said its not surprising that her sister will shave her head.
        Knowing her brother's personality, Schmitt said Jake was the kind of person that just wanted to help others and because St. Baldricks is a good cause, hair is only hair that will grow back.  
        Cancer, Schmitt said is something that everyone is aware of, even if they haven't been directly affected, a person is sure to know someone that has. In addition to the head shaving, there will be food, basket raffles and prizes to stay at Woodloch, to receive a set of bunk-beds and a photography shoot. For the little kids there will be a bouncy house and face painting.
        Schmitt said local businesses have been very generous by donating baskets and their time to help with the event.
         By shaving one's head, Schmitt said that is, “fabulous.” The shaving will be done by professionals.
        Hosting the St. Baldricks event, Schmitt said is the best way to keep her brother's memory alive because as a no-nonsense kind of person hair is just hair.
        The fundraiser will be at the Forest Volunteer Fire Department May 10 and run from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/jakedaniels.

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