13 members of the "Boise's Finest" team shaved it all off this weekend! The effort is to help raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, an organization fighting to end childhood cancer.
2014 marked the eighth year the Boise Police team has participated in the event. This year to date, the team has raised $6,178, very close to the goal of $7,000.
There is still time to help! Click here to donate to "Boise's Finest" for St. Baldrick's.
This year, Konnor, a 4 year old from Meridian was the Boise Police Honor Child. Konnor has spent much of his life battling neuroblastoma. We're happy to report, at this time Konnor's prognosis is good! Konnor came to visit us at Boise Police admin recently. On Saturday, team members gave him one of the special edition Gabriel's Bears (see the story below).
Thank You to all who took part and made the event a success. And Thank You for your support of Boise's Finest and St. Baldrick's.
More photos and stories are posted on the Boise Police Department's Facebook page.
The Story of Gabriel’s Bears for St Baldrick’s:
Each year, members of the Boise Police Department for a team called “Boise’s Finest” and take part in St. Baldrick’s. Participants shave their heads and raise money to help fight childhood cancers. To make the effort even more special, each year the team gets to meet an “Honor Child”, a local child who epitomizes the bravery and the struggle of facing cancer.
Last year, the Boise Police Honor Child was Gabriel, a one year old battling leukemia. As a gift, Boise’s Finest gave Gabriel a customized Teddy Bear with a hand sewn BPD patch and a BPD Challenge Coin made into a medal that hung around the bear’s neck. The bear was made by volunteers with love and at the time, the bear was truly one of a kind.
Recently, we at Boise Police heard from Gabriel’s parents that his condition has improved and he is responding well to treatment. Gabriel’s bear must be good luck! So officers created another bear to give to this years “Honor Child”. 4 year old Konnor from Meridian Who has battled neuroblastoma.
Several more bears were created this year as special purchases with proceeds going to St. Baldrick’s. Each one of Gabriel’s Bears is still quite unique. The bears have been donated to the department. Volunteers lovingly sew on police patches (thank you to Lisa Williams of Lisa’s Alterations, part of Workman Outfitters in Vista Village for her handiwork!) and others hand make the special ribbons that hold BPD Challenge Coins donated by specialty units within the department like the K9, Bike and Motors teams. Gabriel’s Bears can’t help but to bring a smile to whoever sees them.
Thank you for your support for Boise’s Finest and St Baldrick’s.