OAKLAND -- At least 17 Oakland police officers, from a deputy chief to beat officers, will be among hundreds of people having their heads shaved Saturday to help raise money to fight childhood cancer.

The annual St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraising event will begin at 11 a.m. at Oakland's Children's Hospital and Research Center, 744 52nd St. It is the sixth straight year the hospital has hosted the event.

People can donate in the participants' names with the money going toward lifesaving cancer research.

According to the foundation's website, 175,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year and more children die each year from cancer than any other disease. The foundation works closely with leading pediatric oncologists.

Last year, more than 1,000 similar events were held worldwide and more than $33 million raised.

Oakland police have participated for several years and have raised thousands of dollars.

For more information call 888-899-2253.