Firefighters Plan Cancer Research Fundraiser

WOODBRIDGE—Woodbridge Township Firefighters Association IAFF Local 290 is planning a charity event this weekend in conjunction with St. Baldrick’s to raise money for childhood cancer research and show solidarity with young cancer patients.

The firefighters got involved in this cause to honor the memory of late Firefighter Matt Lokos, who participated in St. Baldrick’s events for several years, according to Bill Kogut, public relations officer for Local 290.

Because cancer treatment typically causes the patient’s hair to fall out, volunteers will have their heads shaved in public as an act of solidarity. They will collect pledges of financial support from friends and family members to help fund childhood cancer research.

This year’s event will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, at Woodbridge Fire Headquarters, 418 School Street. Walk-in registration begins at 12:45 p.m., but you can also pre-register online at

After the haircuts, there will be a party with food, 50/50s, raffles, music and more. Volunteers who get their heads shaved can attend the party for free, but others wishing to attend must donate at least $5. Last year, approximately 450 people came out to support the event, which raised over $87,000.

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