By Eric Hairston / Whitney Morgan
Have you ever thought to yourself….I think I want to get my head shaved for fun! Many people of all ages-male and female- actually do this with no other thought in mind than ease of care, hot summer temperatures, and even a funky style. Many, however, have their heads shaved because they are battling cancer and are going through painful and stressful procedures and treatments, and are losing their hair in the process. St. Baldrick’s Foundation came into existence with its first head shaving event in 2000. From 2005, its first year as an independent foundation, to 2018, St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised $253,000,000 in research grant funding for childhood cancer research.
On a local level, Ashley Welsh and her sister, Jamie Zeller, became involved in 2012 after their precious niece, Leah, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor at the tender age of 6 years old. December 12, 2012 she lost her battle to this terrible disease. Ashley and Jamie were shocked and angered by the limited number of treatment options that were available for Leah and other children who suffer with cancer because of lack of funding for childhood cancer research.
That was when they organized their first St. Baldrick’s event to raise money for childhood cancer research, and they have organized three events, including having their heads shaved at five! This year, their event will be located in Clemmons to partner with their supporters, Davie Construction Company, Village Square Tap House, Paparazzi Hair Salon and Sweet Repeat Consignment Shop. The event is located at Village Square Tap House, 6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct #16, Clemmons. The fun begins September 8 at 4p. Head shaving and raffles run between 4– 8:00, with a beard contest beginning at 6p. The beard contest will consist of five categories with prizes being awarded for creativity and design. Not to worry, though! Beards will be cleanly shaven after the fun is over! For those of you who have more than twelve inches cut off prior to your head shaving, hair will be donated to Wigs for Kids! DJ Bald-E will be there with fun music to make head shaving a reason to dance about!
The main sponsor, Davie Construction Company, has a personal connection with this event. Ashley’s husband works for Davie Construction, and this year they are celebrating their 25th anniversary by giving back to the community through St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Village Square Tap House will provide 200 meals throughout the evening, and 100% of proceeds will go to St. Baldrick’s as well.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered organization and is second only to the US government in funding research for childhood cancer. You can participate and donate in a variety of ways…build a team, join in as an individual, donate online at https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/13322/2018, or donate by phone at 888-899-2253. The goal is $15,000 and you can make this happen!
Come on out and help us help children with cancer! Let’s work together to make their dreams become realities! Join us and Rock the Bald!