The back lawn at Children's Hospital looked like a carnival, but there was a serious purpose to the day. Brave community members showed their support for children with cancer by shaving their heads raise money for research.
The event was held in partnership with the St. Baldrick's Foundation, pairing great fun with a worthy cause. Losing hair from chemotherapy is one of the most public aspects of treatment for young cancer patients. The event showed them that other people are willing to do the same to support them.
Shavees were cheered on by crowds of friends, family, doctors, nurses, children and others who have been touched by cancer. Before going under the razor they solicited donations for St. Baldrick's Foundation. Proceeds from the event will come back to Children's Hospital in the form of grants to the Childhood Cancer program.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation makes grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and to find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow.