Stephanie King organized her third annual St. Baldrick’s shave event, where about a dozen volunteers agreed to have their heads shaved to help raise funds for St. Baldrick’s, a childhood cancer research organization. Such events also show solidarity for childhood cancer patients, many of whom lose their hair as a side effect of chemotherapy.
Amillianna helped the hair professionals with the razor, aiding in shaving her mom and dad, as well as some of her childhood friends.
Participants honored specific cancer patients whom they know, or the memory of children who have died of cancer.
Among the shavees were Dustin Elder and his friends, Mitch and Kevin Kacena. Recruited by Dustin’s wife Gina, the three agreed to participate in honor of Dustin and Gina’s nephew, Wade, who is a neuroblastoma survivor.
Don and Linda Burrichter, the grandparents of Owen Burrichter, attended wearing shirts honoring the memory of Owen, who died of cancer at age 4, in 2013.
Another man who participated was Tim Dorman, a Norway High School alum who now lives in Cedar Rapids. He said he participated in the head-shaving in honor of friends he knows who have faced cancer, and also, he said, on behalf of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he hopes never get cancer.
Nick Green, accompanied by his wife, Kaely, also participated.
“He said he wanted to shave his head, but I told him to wait until today so he could do this,” says Kaely.
An entire family, Alysia, James Jazmin and Courtney Behnke, lined up for their turn under the razor, although Alysia insisted that while James can lose his hair, he had to keep his unique beard. Their daughters excitedly ran their fingers through what was left on their head when the shaving was done.
4th event to be bigger
King has already begun making plans for next year’s event, which will include more activities.
“Next year we are looking at doing a silent auction and bake sales,” she says. “We are already planning it to make it a little bigger.”
See more about St. Baldrick’s HERE. While shaving events take place throughout the year, many happen in September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
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