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    The Above Link is a Link to the Local News Paper in my Area. I made the front page. Including a Picture of me and My Son

    WHEELING — More than 100 safety force personnel, including many from Jefferson County, got bald for a cause on St. Patrick’s Day as part of a fund-raiser for research into children’s cancer.

    The fund-raiser through St. Baldrick’s, an organization dedicated to funding research into children’s cancer issues, culminated in a mass head-shaving Friday at the Stone Building in Wheeling Park. The event will eventually raise more than $30,000 for the cause, according to Toronto Police Patrolman Tony Porreca, co-organizer of the event.

    “Our total that we’ve collected (on pledges) right now is $28,856,” said Porreca, adding organizers anticipate the final total collected to be well above $30,000. “There’s also been $4,000 pledged (on local radio stations) that hasn’t been collected yet.

    “Our goal was to raise $25,000, but we’re going to crush that number,” Porreca continued, adding he won a trophy for raising the most funds by an individual. “My personal goal was to raise $1,000. I will break the $4,000 mark after I collect all the pledges.”

    Porreca said the event had been organized in Wheeling by Cpl. Shaun Flanegin of the Wheeling Police Department for several years, but this was the first time the event had been organized in the Jefferson County area.

    Flanegin asked Porreca and Art Fowler, Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer for the Wintersville Police Department, to enlist fellow officer volunteers to have their heads shaved in a fund-raiser for children’s cancer research in the Jefferson County area. The officers worked with fellow law enforcement officials in the Wheeling area to enlist volunteers and pledges, and several emergency personnel from Jefferson County participated in Friday’s shaving, said Porreca.

    St. Baldrick’s Web site describes the organization as “a whimsical twist on St. Patrick’s Day, when brave volunteers agree to shave their heads bald to raise funds for childhood cancer research.” The site also said all funds raised go toward the CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation, which in turn supports the CureSearch Children’s Oncology Group, “the world’s foremost childhood cancer research organization.”

    Porreca said locally Amsterdam Police Chief Steve Hamamn raised $2,300, while Porreca’s 4-year-old son Anthony Porreca Jr. raised $187 for having his head shaved. He added Dave Kireta from Dave’s Place in Toronto volunteered and manned a razor for the shaving.

    Close to 10 officers from the Weirton Police Department and 10 firefighters from the Weirton Fire Department also participated in the shaving Friday, raising close to $4,000.

    Porreca described himself as “overwhelmed” by the response to the event.

    “For being my first event, it was awesome to see that many people participate,” said Porreca, adding a large crowd turned out to see the shaving. “We had women who had hair down their back get their heads shaved and donate the locks to Locks for Love. We had total strangers who heard about (the event) on the radio and came to watch.”

    Porreca also said the people of Toronto were the reason he raised the most individually.

    “I just stayed in Toronto,’ said Porreca. “I’d really like to thank the businesses, citizens and fraternal organizations that pledged. They were super supportive.”

    For information on St. Baldrick’s, go to www.stbaldricks.org
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    Your little boy is precious, Reca.

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    Congratulations Reca! You and your son did an awesome job along with the other volunteers. As Cris said your son is precious and a handsome little fella. Looks like a little you.

    A Smile

    A smile cost nothing, but gives so much.

    It enriches those who receive it,
    without making poorer those who give.
    It takes but a moment, but the memory
    of it sometimes lasts forever.

    None is so rich or mighty that he
    can get along without it,
    and none is so poor but that
    he can be made rich by it.

    A smile creates happiness in the home,
    fosters goodwill in business,
    and is the countersign of friendship.

    It brings rest to the weary,
    cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,
    and it is nature's best antidote for trouble.

    Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed,
    or stolen, for it is something that is of no
    value to anyone until it is given away.

    Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
    Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile
    so much as he who has no more to give.

    - author unknown

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    What a great cause. You should be proud!
    For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.

    Winston Churchill

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    (='.'=) This is Bunny. Copy and paste Bunny into your
    (")_(") signature to help him gain world domination.

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    That's great, man!

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    Congratulations, Reca!!!! You and your son did a great job!!!!



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