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Monday, February 6, 2012

CAL FIRE Firefighter top money raiser for “Shave the Brave,”

In early October, CAL FIRE Firefighter Rhiannon Roulston faced a hairy decision.
CAL FIRE firefighter Rhiannon Roulston, left, talks with Wish Upon A Star Executive Director Carmen Perez and board of directors President Wally Nelson on Thursday. Roulston was recognized for her fundraising effort for “Shave the Brave.”
CAL FIRE firefighter Rhiannon Roulston, left, talks with Wish Upon A Star Executive Director Carmen Perez and board of directors President Wally Nelson on Thursday. Roulston was recognized for her fundraising effort for “Shave the Brave.” / Luis Hernandez

She could keep her hair and accept $400 in donations for the Wish Upon A Star foundation. Or she could join with 15 other firefighters in cutting her hair during an event called “Shave the Brave.”

Roulston went for the latter.

On Thursday, Wish Upon a Star foundation administrator Carmen Perez stopped by the department’s fire station on Lover’s Lane to thank the fire department, Roulston and the rest of the firefighters.

Roulston was the department’s top money raiser for “Shave the Brave,” while the department finished third in its category.

“We appreciate the money they raised,” Perez said. “We’re grateful and honored they participated.

CAL FIRE raised $3,100 for the nonprofit organization. Roulston got $1,500.

Additional organizations participating in the fundraising effort include Rotary Club of Visalia and Springville’s Mountain Lions Club, Perez said.

The money raised helped provide for wishes — trips, room makeovers or electronic purchases — for local children diagnosed with debilitating, often fatal, illnesses.

Participants shaved their hair because children often lose their hair as they battle illness.

In total, 28 organizations participated in “Shave the Brave,” raising more than $48,000 for the wish-granting effort.

“These kids, they get a big smile on their face,” said Wally Nelson, president of the Wish Upon A Star board of directors. “They forget, for a while, they’re sick.

Source: Visalia Times - Delta - Link

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