Have your ever thought about shaving your child’s head to support funding for childhood cancer? Voluntary baldness is not a topic that comes up in my house everyday either. However, good friends of mine have done just that. First, it was my doctor (who used to have long hair). Then it was an entire group of firemen. Now it’s a friend’s son, who loves to get his head shaved every year for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
St. Baldrick’s is home of the head-shaving event. It’s an easy and fun way to raise money for a very serious cause—like a walkathon, but without the blisters. The head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event to more than 1,300 events in just 12 years, 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.
How about taking a walk on the wild side to teach your kid about philanthropy and thinking of others? Besides, letting your child shave his head may just make you the coolest parent around.
Or how about supporting our friend’s son, Brett, who is four. He has had his head shaved, along with his dad, every single year. His personal donation page can be found here. To learn more about St. Baldrick’s and find out how you can participate (either shaving, being the shavee or donating) please visit St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
EVOLVE: Do you know anyone who has participated in St. Baldrick’s shaving event? Are you planning on participating?
- Yonkers police shave their heads for charity (newyork.newsday.com)
- St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving to Support Children With Cancer (thegazette.com)
- Slideshow: 2012 St. Baldrick’s event at Our Lady of Lourdes (whas11.com)
- Baldtenders 1st Fundraiser A Success! (eyeonannapolis.net)
- $50K given to RI Hospital for research (foxprovidence.com)
- Multimedia Release: Portland Coast Guard members lose their hair to help fund cancer research (uscgnews.com)