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Lehigh fire district staff support local childhood cancer cause

By MELISSA BILL - | Sep 9, 2020

news@breezenewspapers.com

Childhood Cancer Awareness month kicked off Sept. 1 at Golisano Children’s Hospital. As a way to bring local awareness to childhood cancer, Southwest Florida community leaders and supporters will have their heads shaved by Golisano Children’s Hospital patients who are battling cancer. Several members of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District are joining in to show their support.

On Sept. 11, an entire day of shaves will be dedicated just to the Lehigh Acres Fire District participants. LAFCRD participants this year include: Chief Robert DiLallo, Deputy Chief Naranjo, Assistant Chief Ketron, Lt. Ricciardi, Firefighter Milana and Engineer Morejon.

This is the third consecutive year Engineer Maury Morejon’s has participated in the event. He is excited to be joined this year by five other members of the Lehigh Acres Fire District.

“I’m a father of two children and I just recently lost an aunt to cancer. I can’t even imagine what these kids and their families are going through, or all the pain, sickness and fear that they may be feeling. I want to do anything I can do to help these kids not feel alone in their journey and bring a smile to their faces, even if it’s for a little bit,” Morejon said. “If something as simple as a haircut can put a smile on their face just for a couple hours, it’s so worth it.”

Clips for Cancer is held annually and designed to support and empower children currently undergoing treatment for cancer and blood disorders at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Throughout the coming weeks, the Lee Health Foundation will share stories of each of the local heroes’ cancer journeys as well as why the “Shavees” are having their heads shaved in support of pediatric cancer awareness month and Barbara’s Friends — Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Fund.

One of this year’s “Shavees” named Austin had his own inspiration for participating — his brother Jordan DeLorenzo, 14, who is a pediatric cancer patient. Jordan was surprised by his doctors and family with a very special ceremony and was told that his big brother Austin was a participant and had arranged to have his hair shaved off by Jordan in an overwhelming act of brotherly love and support.

“When Jordan was born, God gave me the job of being a big brother,” Austin DeLorenzo said in a prepared statement. “At the time, I didn’t know what that job included, but as I got older, I understood that I would love and protect my little brother at all cost. On April 12, 2018, my brother had to start a fight, one I physically couldn’t fight with him, until today.”

To raise awareness and drive philanthropic support, Shavees are inviting the Southwest Florida community to watch them in these moments of empowerment live on Facebook and show their support by making a donation to Barbara’s Friends — Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund. Each Shavee has a personal goal of raising $2,500 or more to support kids with cancer and the pediatric hematology and oncology program.

Donations to Barbara’s Friends — Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund will make a difference in the life of a child with cancer or a blood disorder by providing funding for programs, services, equipment, and the best in medical care for the children of the community so no child will have to leave home for treatment.

Every Friday in September, watch live  on Facebook as pediatric cancer survivors shave the heads of community leaders. Make a donation directly to Barbara’s Friends or show your support for these amazing Shavees and cancer survivors by visiting  BarbarasFriends.org/ClipsForCancer.

To watch the Lehigh Acres Fire District’s crew have their heads shaved – LIVE on Facebook follow the Lee Health Foundation on Facebook and respond “Going” to their event.

Link to event: www.facebook.com/events/547057342536406/?event_time_id=750606022181536.