Going bald to find a cure at Green Bay's annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- With each buzz and trim, Green Bay Metro firefighter, Chris Heil is fighting against childhood cancer.
"It hits close to home. Some dear friends lost their son to childhood cancer," he explained.
Heil, is also a cancer survivor, "I had a brain tumor, then I had testicular cancer after."
He's been going bald to find a cure, each year, since Green Bay's St. Baldrick's fundraiser began in 2004.
All proceeds from the event, which is hosted by St. Brendan's Inn, benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
"They donate all the money to local doctors and the money goes to fund grants for cancer research, for the children," said Ashely Oates, St. Brendan's General Manager.
She says each year, the event draws people from all walks of life, "People from the Green Bay Yacht Club, to the police departments, to kids in a group from middle school. They all come together."
Not needing a haircut any time soon, Heil says it's his way of giving back in hopes to find a cure, "Being a firefighter for almost 28 years, wanting to help people, this is another passion that's dear to my heart."
Oates says more than 200 people participated in this year's event.
She says all together they raised up to $100,000 dollars.