HARFORD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Sandi and Steve Linkous, along with their two sons Joel and Jacob, shave their heads and raise money to support those fighting childhood cancer.
“We wanted to find a way that we can really make a meaningful connection and have a lasting legacy by shaving our heads,” said Steve Linkous.
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The couple is part of the NAMIC team, which stands for National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.
This year alone, the Linkous family has raised more than $400,000, making them the largest volunteer to date.
All proceeds go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to find treatments for childhood cancer.
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“Most cancer research funds go into adult cancer research, not pediatric research,” said Kathleen Ruddy, general manager of St. Baldrick’s.
The group could not do its charitable work alone. That is why it relies on the efforts of loyal volunteers.
“They may not be a scientist who can find a cure in a lab, but they can feed the scientists’ work and that’s just as important for a child’s survival,” Ruddy said.
Year after year, for the Linkous family, they are inspired by the stories of young cancer survivors and their resilient families.
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“The fact that we can raise this money to give these children a chance and give those families hope is what really means something special to us,” Linkous says.