The NICK Foundation, a Region group providing support to families of children suffering from cancer, hosted its annual St. Baldrick's head shaving fundraiser Sunday in Merrillville.

As of 2 p.m., nearly $30,000 had been raised for childhood cancer research by volunteers agreeing to shave their heads in solidarity with children suffering from cancer.

The NICK Foundation sponsored the benefit for the California-based St. Baldrick's Foundation at International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 in Merrillville.