March 9, 2009
Today, Brookhaven's Kevin Dusling has a full head of hair. After the upcoming weekend however, this Physics Department research associate will have none - but he won't look to cover his head with a toupee any time soon.
On Saturday, March 14, Dusling will join fellow Long Island volunteers at Tommy's Place bar and restaurant in Rocky Point as they shave their heads in unity to raise awareness and funds to cure kids' cancer through St. Baldrick's Foundation. A nonprofit organization, St. Baldrick's is one of the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraisers and has raised more than $50 million dollars to help support childhood cancer research.
This is the second year that Dusling will shave his head for St. Baldrick's. "Last year was a lot of fun - good food, drinks, a really good Irish band - and we raised nearly $30,000," he explained. "This year should be just as good, and we hope to raise $50,000."
Dusling first learned of St. Baldrick's through his father- and uncles-in-law, who help organize these events each year in several locations on Long Island. Other St. Baldrick's head-shaving events will also take place on March 14 at Napper Tandy's Pub locations in Northport and Smithtown.
"St. Baldrick's Foundation really gets money out there for cancer research," Dusling added. "Not only is it a fun event - the money raised helps to fund research, researchers, and clinical trials in the fight against childhood cancer."
If you would like to volunteer for an upcoming St. Baldrick's event, as a "shavee" or "shaver," go to http://www.stbaldricks.org. Anyone who would like to sponsor Dusling can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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