YONKERS, N.Y. – Dozens of Yonkers police officers, and one motivated 5-year-old, will be going bald for a cause later this month.
On Feb. 24, the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association will host a fundraiser at JC Fogarty’s Restaurant in Bronxville where more than 50 volunteers will shave their heads to raise awareness and funds for children’s cancer.
“Our fundraising efforts will raise much-needed research support and our bald heads will be a display of solidarity with kids who have cancer, most of whom don't get to choose how to style their hair today,” the Yonkers PBA said in a statement.
Yonkers 5-year-old Matthew Fedor, whose mother Janet works at the police department, decided he too wanted to go bald in support after learning of the fundraiser last month. Already the charitable youngster has raised $2,600 for the cause, easily surpassing his initial goal of $1,600.
"I love the police men," Matthew said in an interview last month. "They get the bad guys and put them in the cage and help the sick kids. I'm going to have to wear a hat outside so my head doesn't freeze off, because it will get money for sick kids and help them feel better."
All the money raised will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity with a mission of finding cures for childhood cancers and giving survivors long and healthy lives.
In total, Yonkers police officers have raised more than $19,000 this year through their fundraising efforts. That number will be added to the almost $150,000 the Yonkers PBA has raised in the past two years for St. Baldrick's.
To volunteer or to donate, visit St. Baldrick's website.