Team Trooper Sets Fundraising Goal to Outpace Last Year Totals
Chicago – Illinois State Police (ISP) troopers set fundraising goal to assist with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s efforts to raise money for childhood cancer research. Male and female troopers throughout the state will participate in fundraising events to raise money for cancer research, demonstrating their commitment by proudly shaving their heads for a worthy cause. Troopers throughout Illinois are participating in the head-shaving events and will be representing ISP Districts 2, 5, 15, 17, 21 and Chicago.
ISP officers have enthusiastically participated in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising events. For the last six years, “Team Trooper” which is an organized group of troopers representing several ISP districts, has been the largest ISP team. Team Trooper is comprised of 37 troopers from the Chicagoland ISP area districts. To date, Team Trooper has raised over $90,000 for cancer research. This year, Team Trooper hopes to break the $100,000 mark.
“The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a meaningful organization that has helped make a difference in the lives of many children and young adults,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Words can’t describe how proud I am of these officers who continue to unselfishly give of themselves to help others,” added Grau.
St. Baldrick’s volunteers have been shaving their heads to raise funds for childhood cancer research for over a decade. The foundation raises money primarily through head-shaving events which are sponsored by volunteers and donors throughout the United States and 28 countries. Since it first became an independent foundation in 2005, St. Baldrick’s partners have helped raise over $100 million, allowing the foundation to fund more in childhood cancer research grants than any other organization, except the U.S. Government.
The Illinois State Police encourage the public to support all ISP districts in their St. Baldrick’s fundraising efforts. Support for Team Trooper can be found at http://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/80543/2013. For more information on the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, please visit www.stbaldricks.org or call 888-899-2253.
Joshua Pfotenhauer, 16, shaves his head in 2012
Sgt. Richard Decker proudly represents the ISP at a 2012 St. Baldrick’s event