The St. Baldrick's Foundation held a fundraising event at the Golden Leaf Convention Center at Davenport, Iowa on April 14, 2012. St. Baldrick's is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. This fundraising event was held to help with research for kids with cancer. Volunteers raise money either individually or through teams. Volunteers who wish to do so may have their heads shaved tostand in solidarity with the kids fighting cancer, but more importantly, to raise money to find cures.
Gerald Adams of Viola along with this two grandsons Adam and Luke Weckel, and son-in-law Jamie Weckel of Bettendorf, Iowa participated in the fundraising event held April 14th with shaving their heads. Mr. Adams joined the Bettendorf Baldies, a team participating in the event after learning that his grandson Adam was forming the team with a few of his 5th grade classmates to support the charity. Adam Weckel is a ten year cancer survivor after being diagnosed with Ewings Carcinoma at the age of nine months resulting in the amputation of his left forearm at the age of one.
St. Baldrick's funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. Government. The event that was held April 14th raised approximately $ 45,379 of a goal of $50,000 with 81 shavees participating. In addition to the viewing of the volunteers heads being shaved, silent auctions were held and speakers were presented. Adam and Jamie Weckel were among those who gave a speech during the day telling their story with their experience with childhood cancer and the effect it had with their family.
The Bettendorf Baldies team contributed a total of $ 5,500.00 toward the grand total of the event. Adam Weckel raised approximiately $1,800 and was in the top seven fundraisers for the event. Anyone wishing to find information, donate or volunteer for the St Baldrick's Foundation may do so on their website www.stbaldricks.org.