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home : news : north central illinois   April 24, 2015

4/10/2014 6:43:00 AM
Firefighters raise more than $4,000 for cancer research


NewsTribune photo/Tamara AbbeyWilliam Miller (left) and his son, Wyatt take photos as Autumn Miller gets her head shaved by Tracy Ladson of B-Inspired Hair Salon in Mendota. The Millers of Sandwich formed Team Abby to support Wyatt’s 1-year-old cousin, Abby Farley as she fights her cancer diagnosis. When the St. Baldrick’s event in Sandwich was closed to the public, the family traveled to Mendota to participate in the event sponsored by Mendota Firefighters Local 4200 on Tuesday.
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NewsTribune photo/Tamara Abbey
William Miller (left) and his son, Wyatt take photos as Autumn Miller gets her head shaved by Tracy Ladson of B-Inspired Hair Salon in Mendota. The Millers of Sandwich formed Team Abby to support Wyatt’s 1-year-old cousin, Abby Farley as she fights her cancer diagnosis. When the St. Baldrick’s event in Sandwich was closed to the public, the family traveled to Mendota to participate in the event sponsored by Mendota Firefighters Local 4200 on Tuesday.
Tamara Abbey
Staff Writer



MENDOTA — Team Abby has a mission and a little thing like a closed St. Baldrick’s event in Sandwich wasn’t going to stop them from shaving their heads and raising money to fight children’s cancer.

Autumn Miller said her young son, Wyatt, learned about St. Baldrick’s and their cancer-fighting mission after his cousin, Abby Farley, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma last year at the age of three months. Abby made it to her first birthday in February, but another suspicious spot has shown up recently and the family fears it could be cancer.

“This was Wyatt’s idea to do it for his cousin,” Autumn said. Wyatt raised money at school and emptied out his own piggy bank to support St. Baldrick’s. Autumn, a former employee at Rebz Barbershop in Mendota, discovered the St. Baldrick’s event in Sandwich was closed to the public.

Autumn found the event in Mendota Tuesday night and the family not only brought their pledges, they also submitted to the shave.

Along with the $435 raised by Team Abby, Mendota Firefighters Local 4200 had more than $4,000 in pledges heading into the event.

Firefighter Brian Fisher, coordinator of the event, said he expected many more pledges to come in before the evening was over.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money solely for research into curing childhood cancer.












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