Shave your head to raise money for cancer
|The St. Baldrick’s BaldGames event began as a way to show solidarity for children battling cancer. Here a child takes part in a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. Photo by Amias Photography|
April 22, 2013 — It’s probably safe to say there is no one whose life has not been touched by cancer. It could be a sister, parent, friend or co-worker who has it. It could be us. It’s particularly heartbreaking when the victim is a child.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest private donor to childhood cancer research, and on May 18 the Diamond Mountain Casino will be hosting the first local St. Baldrick’s BaldGames head-shaving event, and there is plenty of room for community participation.
According to a press release, “Because the treatment typically given to these children causes them to lose their hair, as part of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, we are recruiting volunteers to shave their heads in return for pledges of financial support.”
General Manager Campbell Jamieson said he’s hoping to find plenty of volunteers from the community.
“We’re very lucky. We got eight of our local hairdressers to sign up as barbers,” he said. “It’s very kind of them to donate their time.”
There are many ways, aside from shaving their heads, citizens can get involved with the fundraiser. And it’s easy.
On the St. Baldrick’s website (stbaldricks.org) go to “Our Community” and click on “Events,” then do a search for Susanville and you’ll find the Diamond Mountain Casino. You can sign up to be a shavee, donate money or just sign on to participate.
Jamieson said they are also looking for teams to join.
‘The idea behind the teams is they can do their own fundraiser. They don’t have to get involved with us at all other than the people who are getting shaved that day,” he said.
St. Baldrick’s head shaving events are often held around St. Patrick’s Day. Even though this one is a couple months late, Jamieson said in keeping with the Irish spirit, “the whole event is green,” and everyone should wear green.
Lindsay Magee, a card dealer at the casino, has volunteered to have her hair shaved off.
“I have four children, all 9 and under,” she said. “ I thought this would be a good lesson for my children that it doesn’t matter how you look if you’re doing something good for the world. I’m blessed to have four children without cancer, but if one of them did, I’d want everyone to shave their heads.”
For information on the May 18 St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, see stbaldricks.org or call Tammy Gray, volunteer event organizer at 310-5677.
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