March 2, 2013

Third-grader to Shave Head to Support Pediatric Cancer Research & Patients—St. Baldrick’s Foundation Event

Purpose: to Support Pediatric Cancer Research & Patients



(more head-shaving pictures below)

To donate click on his special page

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Third-grader to Shave Head to Support Pediatric Cancer Research & Patients—St. Baldrick’s Foundation Event



My eight-year-old grandson, Vince, will have his head shaved on March 10, 2013.
He will do this to demonstrate solidarity with and to stand beside children experiencing hair loss during cancer treatment. To support his efforts by donating to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a cancer-research funding organization, click on Vince’s page

While my husband Monte and I were dining at a Chinese buffet in Butler, Pennsylvania, I stood next to a young man in the food line. He had a pony tail that extended the full length of his back.

“I wish I could grow my hair that long,” I said.

He said that his pony tail measured 39 inches, and he could donate three lengths (almost four) to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization many of us are more familiar with than we are with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 who suffer from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.


An opposite way to aid children experiencing cancer treatment is to participate in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event .

Vince and his Aunt Sandy pose for the photographer

Vince and his Aunt Sandy pose for the photographer

Vince asked me to post the following email he sent me:

  • My name is Vince Holland and I am a 3rd grader at Fairfax Elementary School in Cleveland Heights (Ohio). One of my best friend’s has a 6 year old brother who is a 2 time cancer survivor. Each year around St. Patrick’s Day, they participate in a program called St. Baldrick’s ( which raises money for research into childhood cancer by having participants shave their head bald in solidarity with children fighting cancer. I have decided to join them this year as a shavee and am asking for your support.

Of course I became curious about this event and visited the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website .

It states that head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 to over 1,300 events in 2012, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, firehouses and any other place you can imagine. Persons volunteer to shave heads because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, and we stand proudly bald beside them. But the true goal—to cure childhood cancer—will be accomplished because, while shaving, we raise funds for lifesaving cancer research.


“Shavees sign up on the St. Baldrick’s website , which lists events across the United States.

I live in the Ligonier Valley in Pennsylvania. Here’s what came up in my region:

Cleveland Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region

Cleveland Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region

Pittsburgh area events

Pittsburgh area events

The email continued: I will be shaving my head on Sunday, March 10th at the Cleveland Heights Community Center Head-Shaving Event! Thank you!

P1080118-smallEP1080141-smallEHis mother, Tammy Owings, wrote: Vince caught some sort of stomach virus and was sick about 2 hours before the event, but he wanted to to to it and participate.

I’ll rooting for Vince. You can support his effort by clicking on his special page and making a donation in his name.

NOTE: with more than 50,000 shavees participating each year barbers are in high demand. If you’re a licensed barber or cosmetologist, and you want to lend your time and talent to the cause, sign up


The St. Baldrick’s Foundation offices are located at:

St. Baldrick’s Foundation, 1333 Mayflower Ave., Suite 400, Monrovia, CA, 91016

The Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives…currently funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. The Foundation coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide, where volunteers get bald to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer and raise money to support life-saving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s events are the largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefitting pediatric cancer research.

To learn more, to find an event near you, to volunteer either as a shavee or a barber, and their grant programs visit their website


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