GENEVA – Geneva police officer Penny Boedigheimer knows the suffering cancer causes.
For the third consecutive year, Boedigheimer will have her head shaved to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity that funds research to find cures for childhood cancers. Last year, she participated in a St. Baldrick’s event at Water Street Studios in Batavia.
“I know people who have lost their children to cancer,” she said. “I do it because it is probably the easiest thing I can do to give back.”
Boedigheimer will have her head shaved as part of a St. Baldrick’s event, which will be from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Raimondo’s Pizza and Pub, 1033 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora.
The public is invited to the event. This is the second year Raimondo’s has hosted a St. Baldrick’s event.
Twenty-two people will participate in the event, including Ray Treve, who owns Raimondo’s with his son, Michael. To donate or participate, visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/8300/2013.
“Last year, we had 12 shavees,” Manko said. “We are anticipating that even more people will sign up for the event.”
Allen Robert, of Robert Allen Salon, which is next to Raimondo’s, is donating his services to the event.
Boedigheimer said there are advantages to having a clean-cut look.
“It’s easy to take care of,” she said.