On January 20, 2014, local business owner Malcolm "Duke" Baxter hosted a St. Baldrick's baseball clinic at Zoned, Inc., a premiere baseball training academy in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Duke approached Michael Schwartz, the Lead Organizer of the B-R Conquer Kids' Cancer Event, offering to host a clinic for kids ages 6 -12 at Zoned with a portion of the proceeds of the clinic to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The clinic was a tremendous success with dozens of young aspiring baseball players attending – many of whom are going to have their heads shaved at the B-R Conquer Kids' Cancer Event which is being held on March 28, 2014.
At the clinic, the professional trainers at Zoned worked with the kids on hitting, throwing, fielding ground balls and catching fly balls. The kids played a friendly pickup game. There were smiles on the faces of these young baseball and softball ballplayers throughout the clinic.
At the conclusion of the clinic, each child was given a St. Baldrick's t-shirt and bracelet as a keepsake and to show their support for kids who are battling cancer. As shown in the photograph, Duke presented a check to Michael for $500.00. Duke plans on hosting several more clinics during the course of the year to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
This will be Michael's eighth year shaving for St .Baldrick's and fourth year organizing a head shaving event for the Bridgewater-Raritan School District. Michael became a shavee after seeing a St. Baldrick's poster in the cafeteria at Chubb Insurance Company, of a woman who had her head shaved for her child. Michael thought what a simple way to help kids with cancer – have your head shaved. Upon returning home that evening with his new hairdo, Michael's then 5 year old son Zach said he wanted to shave too. Zach, now 11, will be shaving for his 7th year in a row.
Over the past three years, the B-R Conquer Kids' Cancer Event has raised more than $250,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. This year, Michael expects to have 150 shavees raise more than $100,000 including a shavee team from Zoned!
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