A popular event that involves people shaving their heads in the name of charity is returning to York County after a five-year hiatus.
A first responder from Stewartstown is heading efforts to resurrect the St. Baldrick's Foundation in the county by holding a fundraiser in April. The foundation helps fund childhood cancer research.
So far more than 60 participants have signed on to go hairless, said Jason Mosebach, a paramedic with York Regional Emergency Medical Services based in Yoe.
"We were really happy with the numbers we're getting in," he said. "We're really trying to get the community to rally around this."
Six barbers will be on hand to shave the heads of participants at The Cove, 1500 S. George St. in Spring Garden Township, on April 19.
Raising funds: In the meantime, participants will raise money through pledges.
Mosebach is hoping the event will bring in $75,000.
Despite the high goal, Mosebach said he's hopeful it can be reached with the support from businesses and community members.
"I think we can pull it off," he said.
Since its inception in 2000, St. Baldrick's has raised $34 million nationwide. York County saw its first St. Baldrick's event in 2003 when a member of the Union Fire Co. in Manchester organized one. The event was last held in the county in 2009, Mosebach said.
"It was pretty big, but there wasn't anyone to carry the torch," he said.
Close and clean: Since then, Mosebach and his brother, Jonathan Mosebach, a firefighter with Eureka Volunteer Fire Department in Stewartstown, have been going across the river to a St. Baldrick's event in Lancaster each year.
York City Fire Rescue Services Capt. Chad Deardorff had his head shaved for the foundation six years ago. He says he's excited to see the "good cause" coming back to the county.
Like most first responders, Deardorff usually keeps his hair trimmed close and neat. But come mid-April, the cut will be as close as it can get.
"I keep it short and shaped but not shaved," he said.
Jason Mosebach usually shaves his head through the summer months but lets his hair grow out starting in the fall so there's something to shave off each spring.
"It's a culture shock to see us with shaggy hair," he said. "Most people know us with having no hair."
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