More than 315 northern Nevada shavees accepted the lofty challenge issued by NNCCF and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and shaved their heads in exchange for donations to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Those who couldn’t bear to “part with their locks” supported the celebration by volunteering or by making online donations. Donations continue to come in from the event, and NNCCF anticipates the final amount to be more than $200,000.
“Participants find that shaving their head is a small sacrifice in comparison to what these kids endure, and want to raise money to help find a cure for children with cancer,” said Debbie Strickland, executive director of NNCCF. “We would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated, shaved and came out to support. Also a large thank you to The Heath Foundation and Linda Smiley, for underwriting the event for the next four years.”
St. Baldrick’s is a worldwide campaign by The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, honoring children fighting childhood cancer and raising funds for much needed research. For more than a decade, St. Baldrick’s Day Celebrations – a play-on-words with St. Patrick’s Day – recruit volunteers to shave their heads in public in return for financial donations from friends, colleagues and family. NNCCF asked potential participants to honor those children who are fighting cancer by shaving their heads – potential participants have a choice, but children with cancer don’t.
Since 2006, with the help of the northern Nevada community, NNCCF has raised more than $1,000,000 at local St. Baldrick’s celebrations and shaved 1,888 heads. For more information about NNCCF and St. Baldrick’s, or to donate, call 825-0888 or visit www.nvchildrenscancer.org.