District 212 students and staff raised $14,234 for pediatric cancer research during the 2012 St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser held during Leyden's annual Safe Celebration Week.
The St. Baldrick's event first began at West Leyden in 2008. Since that time, the East and West campuses have combined forces and have raised a total of $59,860 in four years.
About 100 students and staff raised money by having their head shaved and going bald in a show of support for those battling pediatric cancer and for the research necessary to find a cure for childhood cancers.
"This year we set a goal of $10,000 for the district and we exceeded that by more than $4,000," says Tim Dykes, one of the fundraiser's organizers. "Thanks to all of you who contributed to this great cause and helped to make the fundraiser a success."
St. Baldrick's Foundation is one of the world's largest volunteer-driven organizations dedicated to raising funds for research into the pediatric cancers that impact thousands of children world-wide.