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Howell Girl Being Honored at Shillelagh Club Saturday

St. Baldrick's event raises money for children's cancer research

Come "shave it" wih the Shillelagh's on Saturday, Oct. 6, for their annual St. Baldrick's event, which raises money for children's cancer research, organizers said. 

The organization will be raising money and encouraging supporters to shave their heads to honor children fighting cancer. 

The event begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, 815 16th Avenue, in Belmar. 

This year's event will honor Madison Grace Beggs, a Howell resident who lost her battle with brain cancer just last summer, organizers said. 

"Madi" was diagnosed in August 2010 at the age of 10 and after a 22-month-long battle that included several operations to remove the tumors, she unfortunately passed on June 22. 

(Read more about Madi's tragic yet courageous story here.)

"Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers," according to a release from the organization. 

Organizers said they hope to raise $30,000, and more than 40 participants are planning to shave their heads in an effort to help raise money.

The event will also include a Sept. 11 memorial unveiling and dedication, LuLu the Clown, a deejay and a chili cook-off, as well as food and drinks, organizers said. 

The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer charity, funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government, organizers said. 

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