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Join the Fight: Shave Your Head for Kids’ Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 13, 2019

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It’s time once again to join the fight against childhood cancers by funding research and clinical trials that can stop this disease from taking more lives.

You may be a past participant or someone who’s been on the fence about joining a head-shave event. Regardless of your past involvement, we urge you to join our fight to take childhood back from cancer.


At St. Baldrick’s, we refuse to accept that children continue to be diagnosed with cancer; that children continue to suffer long-term health problems resulting from their conditions and treatment; and that so many kids have their lives cut short by childhood cancers.

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes. In the U.S., one in five kids won’t survive their fight. Many others will struggle with the health consequences of a cancer diagnosis and intensive treatments, like chemotherapy, for the rest of their lives.

You can help by participating in a head-shaving event and raising money for vital childhood cancer research. That could mean shaving your head, volunteering to help with a head-shaving event, organizing a “Do What You Want” (DWYW) event, or donating money to help fund childhood cancer research.

Shaving Your Head for Childhood Cancer Research

Head-shaving events have been a central part of St. Baldrick’s fundraising efforts for roughly two decades. In fact, our organization’s name is directly linked to these kinds of events: it’s literally a blending of “St. Patrick’s” with the word “bald”.

The history: Back in 1999, three friends challenged each other to shave their heads for kids’ cancer research. The result: over a quarter-billion dollars has been raised to fund lifesaving research and clinical trials.

Every year, there are more than 1,000 head-shaving events all over the world in restaurants, schools, churches, parks, firehouses, and workplaces.

Participants in head-shaving events come from all walks of life. Some are medical professionals who’ve treated childhood cancer patients in the past. Others are friends or family members of a child diagnosed with cancer. Others simply want to help save the lives of children with cancer. Everyone is wholeheartedly welcome to participate in any capacity they choose.

Regardless of why they do it, everyone has fun at a head-shave party. While each of these events is a little different, ultimately the goal is to raise money to help fight childhood cancer and fund research and clinical trials that can save kids’ lives.

Head Shaving: How to Get Involved

Maybe you’ve been thinking about shaving your head for some time but you’re holding off because you think finding an event and registering is difficult and time-consuming. In reality, it’s easy to get started.

• Head over to the head-shaving section of our website, where you can learn more about our related events.

• Find an event near you – as you’ll see in our customized map, there are events in most parts of the United States.

• Register using your St. Baldrick’s account. (Don’t have an account? No problem – it’s easy to sign up.)

• Start fundraising!

Maybe you’ve been holding off participating because you’re not sure about shaving your head. We have resources that can help you make that decision. And when you’re ready, we can help you manage your newly shaved head.

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Organizing Your Own Event

We can also help you organize your own head-shaving event. Individuals who do this are known as Volunteer Event Organizers, or VEOs. They’re teachers, students, community leaders, or anyone passionate about funding the best childhood cancer research.

To start, visit our website, where we’ll provide you with all the information you need to organize an event. Once you’ve signed on as a VEO, we’ll provide you with access to a St. Baldrick’s Special Events staff member who can serve as your main resource for fundraising.

Do What You Want Events

If you want to help fight childhood cancers but would rather not shave your head, St. Baldrick’s is more than happy to help you organize a Do What You Want fundraiser.

This could take the form of:

• An athletic event – like a charity run, walk, cycle, or swim raising money for childhood cancer research.

• A celebration – like a birthday, anniversary, or graduation celebration that doubles as a fundraiser. We’ve also helped organize “cancerversary” events that commemorate an important date for a patient, like the day they were diagnosed or the day they were told they were cancer-free.

• A sale – perhaps you’d like to hold a bake sale, chili cook-off, or a similar event that raises funds for childhood cancer research.

• A give-back event – if you own a business, you can hold a special give-back fundraising event with a portion of sales going to kids’ cancer research.

Regardless of the type of event you choose, we can help you get started. Visit our website to learn more about DWYW events, register with St. Baldrick’s, and reach out to us for assistance.

Donate to St. Baldrick’s Today

You can also have an impact by donating to St. Baldrick’s, which directly funds research and clinical trials designed to save the lives of children diagnosed with cancer.

Visit the donate section of our website to make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor.

Join the fight against childhood cancer. Register. Fundraise. Show up and shave.

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