The 2nd Annual Quad Cities St. Baldrick's Foundation event which raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer hits close to Mercer County in more ways than one.

The 2nd Annual Quad Cities St. Baldrick's Foundation event which raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer hits close to Mercer County in more ways than one.

Former  1997 Aledo High School graduate, Brad Tracy, organizes the QC event held April 14, 2012, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Golden Leaf Convention Center, 2902 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa.
Volunteers “get bald” to stand together with kids who have cancer. Last year's local event included 70 shavees and raised $38,000 for cancer research. The 2012 goal is $50,000. Tracy's wife,  2000 AHS graduate Lindsay Welsh Tracy, is one of several women shavees bravely facing the shears this year.

“To Lindsay and me, it's not about experiencing childhood cancer personally,” Tracy comments, “it's about having caring hearts and putting that into action.”

This year's event honors a Mercer County angel, Cole Dieckman. He lost his 16 month battle fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia ( ALL) on Jan. 16, 2012. The once energetic four-year old was the son of Dawn and Caleb Dieckman and brother to Caden Miller of Joy. Ten-year old Caden, along with his cousin Madison Finch of Aledo, will shave their heads in honor of Cole.

“Kids with cancer fight hard every day, “ comments Mrs. Dieckman, “and we must fight hard with them.” Soon after Cole's diagnosis, the Dieckmans discovered several families in the area who have kids with cancer.

Childhood cancer kills more children than any other disease. One in five children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.    What began as a challenge between friends in 2000 has grown into the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefiting childhood cancer research.

There are several ways to participate locally. The first opportunity is Saturday, March 24, 6 - 11 p.m., the 1st Annual St. Baldrick's Bowl-a-thon at MillerTime Bowling, 2902 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa.The entry fee is $10 per person. The fee includes shoe rental and three games. To reserve a lane call MillerTime at 563-359-7225 and mention St. Baldricks. There will be raffles throughout the event.

The second opportunity is the 2nd Annual Quad Cities St. Baldricks on Saturday, April 14th. Tracy encourages shavees to preregister but it's not necessary—walk ins are welcome. When a shavee raises a minimum of $50, they receive a St. Baldrick's t-shirt. Bring your family, friends and co-workers for an afternoon with a cause.

Mrs. Dieckman and other local families in the fight against childhood cancer will speak following the 12:30 p.m. bagpipe kickoff. Shaving of the heads begins at 1:30 p.m. The winner for the IPad give-away will be announced at 5 p.m.

Tracy and his volunteer team have collected great items to be auctioned throughout the afternoon.  The items include a  Chicago Cubs “Dream Day Package” - 4 game tickets and pre-game photos on the field; an autographed Chicago Bears football; a Brunswick bowling ball ($250 value); autographed photos from Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Celtics, and Chicago Bulls; a family photo session from Dustin Frost Photography ($250 value) and much more.

To register, learn more or donate, visit or contact organizer Brad Tracy at 630-433-6053 or email: