Fundraisers "braved the shave" to raise awareness for childhood cancer research at the 17th Annual St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving Event hosted by Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa on July 21. A portion of the funds raised at the event will support research grants at Blank Children’s Hospital. The event raised a total of $83,400 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. This year’s special guest was 4-year-old Sage Young, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia Type B earlier this year and is receiving treatment at Blank Children’s Hospital. Last year the hospital received $50,000 in grant support from the foundation. "Ensuring high-quality patient care for children is our mission at Blank Children’s Hospital, and with the help of funds like those raised by Farmers Mutual Hail, this enables us to meet a critical need for children here in Central Iowa and across our state that are fighting cancer," said Dr. Steve Stephenson, president and chief operating officer for Blank Children’s Hospital. Farmers Mutual Hail made a corporate donation of $50,000 toward this year’s total funds. Donations are still being accepted and can be made at www.fmh.com/st-baldricks or directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at www.stbaldricks.org.