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Local St. Baldrick’s event raises $30,000

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 3:24 p.m. CDT
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(Eric Ma - msleditorial@shawmedia.com)
Local St. Baldrick's organizers and participants salute the crowd March 16 at J. Fleming’s Absolutely Delicious restaurant in Westmont. In total, the Westmont based fundraiser generated about $30,000 in donations for St. Baldrick's Foundation.

WESTMONT – Nearly 50 participants buzzed their heads March 16, helping raise more than $27,000 during a Westmont St. Baldrick’s event.

Organized by residents Stacey Ledwon, Matt Chin and Tammy Beutler, the second annual Westmont St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser was held March 16 at J. Fleming’s Absolutely Delicious restaurant and generated $27,000 in donations.

But, even days after the event ended, Ledwon continues to receive donations.

“We are still receiving donations from residents and we will have raised over $30,000 when donations stop and all the money is counted,” Ledwon said Monday. “The support Westmont, its residents and the local businesses have for our initiative and St. Baldrick’s is truly touching.”

Stacey Ledwon, her husband, Brian, and their 14-year-old son, Ben, are active supporters of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the organization’s mission of funding childhood cancer research.

In 2008, Stacey Ledwon’s daughter, Lindsey, died following a nearly four-year battle with cancer. To honor Lindsey’s memory, the Ledwon family participated in the Naperville St. Baldrick’s before founding a Westmont event in 2013.

Although they raised $22,000 during the 2013 St. Baldrick’s event, Ben Ledwon was determined to surpass that total.

Prior to the fundraiser, he rallied support from several of his classmates at Westmont Junior High School, who collected donations from friends and family, promising to shave their head during the event.

“Of the 48 people that shaved their head, a majority of them were Westmont Junior High students – friends of my son, Ben,” Stacey Ledwon said. “He and they are the ones that made this happen. Although only a handful knew Lindsey, they all felt compelled to shave their hair. It was an amazing gesture.”

Barbers and hair stylists from Karma Salon-Spa volunteered to cut all the participants hair.

For more information about St. Baldrick’s Foundation, visit www.stbaldricks.org.

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