Going Bald to Help Cure Kids with Cancer

By Tyler Plaktsis

The "Before" Shot: Tyler has been growing his hair out for the big shave as part of St. Baldrick's Foundation's annual event.

The “Before” Shot: Tyler has been growing his hair out for the big shave as part of St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s annual event.

On July 4th, 1999, Tim Kenny issued a challenge to his colleagues, John Bender and Enda McDonnell: How will you give back in return for your own good fortune in business? Enda’s full head of hair gave John an idea: Shave their heads in exchange for donations and give all the proceeds to cancer research.

The first event had only 19 “shavees”, but raised $104,000, all of which was donated to The Children’s Oncology Group. Now, anywhere from 100 to 2000 people are shavees in head shaving events that occur all over the country and millions of dollars have been raised.

This year, I will be a first time participant because I would like to help contribute to research to help cure childhood cancers. Saint Baldricks is run solely by volunteers and all of the proceeds go right to charity. This charity is doing a great thing.

Go to http://www.stbaldricks.org to find out more about this charity and check out The Villager next week to hear about the event and see my “After” photo!

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