Events and Fundraisers

Empower and Inspire by Shaving Your Head for Kids’ Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 6, 2024

It’s not about losing your hair. It’s about giving hope, and it changes more than just your appearance. When people first hear about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer research, they often feel a pull—an emotional tether between doing something outside their comfort zone and a cause demanding attention.

a female shavee with her new bald look with a medallion around her neck, while sitting next to a pile of her hair that was just shaved off

“I had people coming up to me crying, and so many people were touching my head. One student told me that she had been diagnosed with cancer as a kid. We had a good conversation, and it made me feel so much better about what I did. I just kept staring at myself bald and thinking, “Wow, this is real. I helped a lot of people.””
“Why I Shaved My Head”
via Scholastic Scope

A Personal Journey to a Bald Head and a Full Heart

The decision to shave your head for charity isn’t one to take lightly. Hair can be a large part of your identity. But while learning more about the work of St. Baldrick’s, some realize that shaving their hair off can become a symbol of solidarity and support. The day of the shave is often filled with anticipation, nervous energy, and an overwhelming sense of community. What many don’t expect is the surge of pride and connection you can feel as the clippers hum through what had, until then, been an important part of your self-image.

3 female shavees with their hair holding a 'before' sign (top), 3 female shavees rocking a bald head holding an 'after' sign (bottom)

“When people ask me why I choose to work in pediatric oncology, I can only say that I feel that it is a calling. … Shaving my head was easy. The kiddos and young adults I work with daily don’t get to choose if they lose their hair.”
“Why I Shave My Head For St. Baldrick’s Foundation”
via Medium

Healthy Sacrifice for a Hefty Cause

It’s one thing to intellectually understand the importance of charity work, and it’s another to physically participate in it. The funds raised carry with them the weight of possibility—the possibility of a new treatment, the possibility of more time, the possibility, ultimately, of saving lives. Learning about the Foundation and how they channel donations to fill the funding gap for pediatric cancer research give each shaved head a powerful purpose.

a father and son duo rocking the bald

“I thought about the kids fighting for a cure, and it made me want to do more than drink green beer on that St. Paddy’s Day. I put myself in another parent’s nightmare for a moment, thinking about the magnitude and difficulty of dealing with childhood cancer as a father. … It made sense to get involved in any way I could.”
“My Kids Don’t Have Cancer But I Shave My Head And Here’s Why”
via St. Baldrick’s Blog

Unlocking the Power of Long Hair

For those blessed with long locks, participating in a St. Baldrick’s event presents a unique opportunity to make a double donation, multiplying your impact. By committing to the shave, you not only contribute to crucial childhood cancer research but also have the chance to donate your precious strands to organizations that craft wigs for children experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments. It’s a profound way to stand in solidarity—offering strength, support, and a piece of yourself.

a male shavee sitting a barber chair, getting his head shaved

“What I took away from the experience instead of becoming a hero was that instead, as a shavee, my job was not to be a hero, but rather shed light and recognition onto those that were. Those who had no choice to go bald. Those such as Abby or Georgia who needed St. Baldrick’s Foundation to be where they are today.”
“Why I Shaved My Head For St. Baldrick’s Foundation”
via The Daily Nebraskan

The Ripple Effect of Inspiration

Bravery is contagious. And on the day of the shave, you can witness the literal and metaphorical shedding of hair, fears, and preconceptions, leaving behind a room full of brave souls ready to face challenges head-on. St. Baldrick’s events create a ripple effect of inspiration, igniting in others the desire to support through action, whether it be donations, volunteer work, or even signing up for the next charity shave.

a female shavee getting her long locks cut and then shaving her head

“My shave was definitely an amazing experience, and I felt the best I have in a long time. I have absolutely NO regrets. I’ve had a lot of people tell me how amazing I am, but I don’t think so. I’m just a normal, awkward teenage girl trying to make a difference – trying to show people that not every part of this world is ugly.”
“High School Girl Shaves Her Head For Kids With Cancer”
via the St. Baldrick’s Blog

Join the Movement

This act of bravery is simply one strand in a global community of dedicated supporters of childhood cancer research. You have the power to become a part of this movement. The need for research funding is urgent, and together, we can be the difference in the lives of children battling cancer. It’s more than hair—it’s a beacon of hope in the fight against a disease that robs children of their tomorrows.

Ready to take the plunge and support this noble cause? Mark your calendars for the next charity shave (or start your own!), share your story, or donate today. Every contribution, no matter how small, brings us one step closer to a world where childhood cancer is a thing of the past. Shave or volunteer, donate, or spread the word—your actions echo with the courage of the children this cause champions.

In the face of childhood cancer, we shave to stand with, fight for, and create a future for our youngest warriors.

Join Us!

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