Press release –

Sparks Firefighters to host “Shave for the Brave” Fundraising
Event for Children’s Cancer Research

March 12, 2018

Sparks, Nevada – This Wednesday, the city of Sparks Fire Department will host a “Shave for the Brave” fundraising event to raise money for children’s cancer research. The pre-shave event, in conjunction with St. Baldrick’s and the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, will be held from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at Fire Station One at 1605 Victorian Avenue.

“We will open our doors and give a red-carpet tour to children and their families who have been affected by cancer,” explained Sparks Firefighter Mike Shaw, organizer of the event. “Sparks Firefighters have supported the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation and St. Baldrick’s for many years and we are proud to host this year’s pre-shave at our department headquarters.”

The children will have to opportunity to check out fire trucks and gear, then several firefighters, including city of Sparks Fire Chief Chris Maples, will shave their heads. The pre-shave event leads up to the March 16 St. Baldrick’s community-wide fundraiser.

“Each year around St. Patrick’s Day, we ask the community to shave their heads and go bald in support of childhood cancer research,” said Lisa Shaffer, Director of Community engagement for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. “In partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, our annual ‘Shave for the Brave’ events have raised more than $2.4 million since 2006. We have shaved more than 3,600 local heads, advocating for increased research funds. Our sincere hope is that one day our kids will be cancer-free.”

“This will be the third time I’ve participated,” Fire Chief Chris Maples said. “As a cancer survivor, I wholeheartedly support St. Baldrick’s as they search to cure a disease that affects so many children.”

The Sparks Firefighter’s goal is to raise $7,800. To donate to the Sparks Firefighter’s team, please go to