Supercuts manager Olga Howerton before shaving her head for St. Baldrick’s. Olga raised over $26,000 for childhood cancer research to help kids like 4-year-old Emma, who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 2. Photo: Sasha Leahovcenco (www.sashaleahovcenco.com)
When it was time to shave, “I was nervous. Really nervous,” says Olga. “I didn’t know how I was going to look with no hair. There’s nowhere to hide.” But once the barber cut off her 20-inch-long ponytail, Olga felt reinvigorated. “After that, I was like, just go for it! It was a really cool experience.”
“I was nervous. Really nervous,” says Olga about her head-shaving event.
“Cancer is different for kids than it is for adults,” says Olga. “Childhood only lasts a little while. Kids should get to have fun and enjoy themselves, not have to spend their time in a hospital.”
Olga holds her 20-inch-long braids. “It was a really cool experience,” says Olga.
Olga spent the months leading up to the event drumming up support from family, friends, customers, and anyone willing to listen. By the time the head-shaving event rolled around on March 2, 2013, she had raised over $26,000, making her the top fundraiser at the Northern California event.
“After my shave, I was just rocking my bald head,” says Olga.
The response from her customers has been positive, too. Whenever she tells her story, “People think it’s amazing,” says Olga.
So take it from a professional: a shaved head can accomplish great things. Thanks, Olga, for being a superhero for kids with cancer by taking your stylist and volunteer work to a whole new level!
Do something amazing. Learn more about becoming a St. Baldrick’s barber, volunteer, or shavee.
Photo: Sasha Leahovcenco (www.sashaleahovcenco.com)