Tens of thousands raised for cancer research

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EDINBURG, Texas – With more than 30 people shaving their heads, donations from Walmart, H-E-B and the Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, the 12th annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event exceeded its goal of raising $25,000 for cancer research.

“St. Baldrick’s foundation funds the most promising research for cures and better treatment for childhood cancer. And what we’re doing here, we get people to pledge to shave their heads,” said Robert Heiser, volunteer coordinator of RGV St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser.

The head-shaving fundraiser began in the RGV at an RV park and moved to the DHR conference center five years ago. Over the years, more than $300,000 has been raised for the foundation and people in the retirement community remain involved.

“The original event was totally staffed by seniors. But now we are partners with Doctor’s Hospitals they’re a big part of the event they’re a big part of the volunteers. We still have seniors involved doing the raffle, the silent auction, taking pictures,” said Heiser.

DHR physical therapist, Sigifredo Perez participated this year for his first time and through pledges from his family and friends, raised $200. “It felt good it feels fulfilling to see all these families, all these children. It’s just very heartwarming knowing you can contribute as much as you can for them.”

One of the children benefitting from St. Baldrick’s is Miranda Marin Gloria who was diagnosed in 2015 and is now cancer-free. She and others were recognized at the event for their bravery. “It feels great that I could pass this cancer and I want to say to all people that can help to help other kids like me so they can pass this bad dream.”

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