Some members of the Redding Police Department are shaving their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research. Children's cancers are different from adult cancers, and research for the diseases is extremely underfunded. The Redding Police Department has a team of five participating in the St. Baldricks Foundation fundraiser. Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.
But this hits especially close to home. One of their Officer's has a son who is battling cancer. Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs says her son has been fighting the fight with a positive attitude and they wanted to do this in his honor to support him.
The team's goal was $1,000 but in the 72 hours that the fundraiser has been underway that was doubled. As of Tuesday afternoon, the team was on the brink of raising $3,000. He says raising cash and raising awareness is just part of this effort, for the Redding Police Department, it's about supporting one of their own.
Fuchs and others will be shaving their heads on Monday between 9:15am and 12:30pm at Joel Barlow High School.