Have fun. Raise money. Cure childhood cancer.

Worldwide, every 3 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. In the United States, 1 out of 5 of those children will not survive. Out of those that survive, 2 out of 3 of them will suffer long term effects from treatment.

St. Baldrick's Foundation

Want to know a way you can help conquer childhood cancer? You can do it the way I have been for the past 3 years. How is that? The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. They have a unique and fun way for you to help raise money to fund research so that a cure can be found for the many types of childhood cancer. What is this fun way? Going bald. Shavee’s raise money from friends, family, co-workers, and strangers who want to help children around the world and in turn, they shave their head! Shaving your head in solidarity with the thousands of children across the world affected by cancer brings smiles to so many faces.

Don’t think getting your head shaved makes a huge difference? Last year, St. Baldrick’s Foundation raised over $33 million and have already raised over $3.8 million so far this year. You may be asking why the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is so important. Less than 4% of federal funding for cancer research is allotted to childhood cancer. The St. Baldrick’s foundation has been around since 2005 and since then, they have funded over $103 million to help childhood cancer research, shaved over 266,000 heads, had more than 6,500 events in all 50 states and 30 countries. St. Baldrick’s remains the largest funder of childhood cancer research grants, second only to the US government.

 

Want to know how you can get involved?

There are many different ways for you to do so. You can become a shavee. A shavee is a person who is raising money for childhood cancer and who will then shave their head when it comes time to do so. You can sign up at an event already planned, create an event, or you can even do what I will be doing; a Virtual Event. When you go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website, you sign up and they will give you a list of events that are in your surrounding area. The month of March is the most popular for events, but you may choose any time of the year.

If there isn’t an event around when you want to go bald, you can do a virtual event. You sign up, pick the date, and when the time comes, you or someone else shaves your head at home or another place of your choosing. (One way to get more donations when doing a Virtual Event is to promise them you will record the actual shaving and then posting it on your St. Baldrick’s Participant page.) This a great way for those who have busy schedules, family, or live a long distance from an event to participate.

Speaking of that, another great way to help is to hold an event! If you know of a place that would be willing to hold a shaving event, go to the St. Baldrick’s website and they will be glad to help you! They give you all the forms, marketing materials, media information, and anything else you may need! With step by step instructions, they make it simple for you. If you are a barber or cosmetologist, you can volunteer your time at these events by shaving heads! All events must have a licensed barber or cosmetologist shaving the participants’ heads so you are very important!

Still can’t fit in any of those suggestions but want to help?

Every event needs a registrar and a treasurer – sometimes two if you get a huge event going! Not able to go to an event? Spread the word. You can donate anytime online, and by telling others about the events, you have helped already. Donations can be made in cash, check, or credit card either online or in person. Don’t feel secure donating by credit card online? They give you a phone number to call so you can donate that way.

St. Baldrick’s events are open to all ages. It’s a great way to get your whole family involved. There is actually an 11 year old boy that gets one haircut a year and that is at a St. Baldrick’s event. He loves doing the events and plans on doing them as long as he is able. When you go to their site, you can see photos from years past of friends, families, and siblings shaving their heads in honor of a child that has been affected by childhood cancer.

Bald For Aiden

This year, I will be honoring a friend’s nephew, Aiden, who has been affected by Neuroblastoma. He was diagnosed in June of 2012. Aiden is two years old and has spent most of the past year in the hospital getting treatments.  He has had 7 rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant. Aiden is out of the hospital now and home with his family in Cleveland and we would like him to stay there. He is still getting radiation daily. His treatments are expected to continue until next year. That is why I am honoring him. He is a tough little man and I will be glad to see him playing with his little brother. Learn more about Aiden by checking out this Facebook Page for him.

Aiden Kristopher Beesley

You have over 100,000 hairs on your head and lose anywhere from 40-100 a day, so why not just shave them off? Are you a woman who isn’t sure if she wants to go bald? More than 6,800 females shaved their heads last year which is 1,500 more than last year. Want to help two organizations at once? You can donate what has been shaved to Locks of Love or any other organization that makes wigs for those who have lost their hair to cancer. That is how women can multi task.

St. Baldrick's Foundation

If you would like to donate to help me reach my goal, you can do so by donating on my page. All donations are tax deductible and you can receive a receipt. I hope to see some of you joining in to help fight childhood cancer, whether it be by donating, becoming a shavee, creating an event or volunteering. If anyone has any questions on starting an event, I will gladly be of assistance. Together, we can conquer childhood cancer.

DONATE HERE!

Blondes tend to have about 140,000 hairs on their head, compared to 110,000 for brown hair, 108,000 for black and only 90,000 for those with red hair!

Trent Ford
Author: Trent Ford

Trent is a graduate of Madison High School and a new resident of Geauga County. He enjoys spending time with his family, history, and the outdoors, but his passion is sports, both local and professional.