Local Firefighters 2019 ‘Brave the Shave’ Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancers in Honor of Firefighter’s Son
On Saturday, March 23, 2019, local firefighters will gather at Johnny’s Fillin’ Station in support of Orange County Fire Rescue Engineer Steve Kibler, who in 2008, lost his son Camden to cancer at just five months old, and the many other families in the fight against pediatric cancer. ‘Johnny’s BIG Shave,’ invites people to shave their heads in solidarity of children diagnosed with cancer. Participants don’t just raise awareness, but also raise funds through community pledges and other fundraisers. Professional stylists are on hand for a clean shave and those with longer locks to donate. For those not ready to part with their hair, the event offers many other opportunities to get involved.
“Orange County Fire Rescue does a tremendous job supporting this annual tradition with our community for families who are enduring pediatric cancer,” Mayor Jerry L. Demings said. “We hold these children close to our hearts and are hopeful that the many hours of volunteering and fundraising will eventually help find a cure. We appreciate all who have dedicated their time to this worthy cause and uplift those who’ve been affected by the hardship and pain of this disease.”
This year, 16-year-old Kelsi, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, will be honored at the event. Inspiring local first responders, Kelsi is currently in remission after 824 doses of chemo.
“Camden would have turned 11 last month,” said Orange County Fire Rescue Engineer Steve Kibler. “As a family, we continue to channel our grief into something positive to help other families. As firefighters, we’ve raised over $250,000 in the last 10 years, surpassing all of my expectations.”
“Losing a child is unthinkable. These young patients inspire us, going through so much and we just want to do what we can to help find a cure so that no other family has to endure what the Kiblers have, what Kelsi and her family are going through and what others have experienced,” said Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd.
All ages can participate in the signature Brave the Shave event (with parent’s permission for those under 18).
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers.
PHOTO OP: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019
Johnny’s Fillin’ Station
2631 S. Ferncreek Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
MEDIA NOTE: Event is from 2 pm. – 6 p.m.
Opening bagpipes and first shave start approximately 2:15