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St. Baldrick’s raises thousands for cancer research

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Arlan Kluth, with the Littleton Police Department, began the March 25, Douglas County Sheriff's Office St. Baldrick's fundraiser with a modified mohawk. Kluth ranked among the top contributors, raising $1,625 for cancer research. Rhonda Moore

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office celebrated its fifth St. Baldrick’s fundraiser with a move to the Douglas County Events Center, providing more breathing room for more than 100 shavees who shaved their head for cancer research. Sheriff’s office deputies and command staff were joined by local police agencies, firefighters and sports luminaries to raise more than $20,000 for childhood cancer research.

The local event is organized each year by Niles Ackerson, whose daughter Isabella died of cancer on Dec. 27, 2006, at the age of 8 months old. All money raised by the nationwide St. Baldrick’s fundraisers goes toward research for childhood cancer.

To date, the sheriff’s office outreach has raised more than $300,000 to contribute to the cause. That amount is a “drop in the bucket” when it comes to cancer research, Ackerson said. St. Baldrick’s so far in 2011 has raised more than $17 million, he said.

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