Jordan was a shavee℠ all four years of high school.
Jordan at her high school’s head-shaving event in (left to right) 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
She also didn’t know it would have such a strong influence on her life five years later. Now in college, Jordan is studying to become a child life specialist — someone who helps kids with cancer and other diseases cope with the challenges of their illness. According to Jordan, it was St. Baldrick’s that led her to realize that that’s what she wants to do.
Plainfield North High School Volunteer Event Organizer Kerri McCastland gives us a play-by-play of their St. Baldrick’s event in Plainfield, Illinois, with Instagram photos posted by PNHS students.
It was nothing short of awesome. The students led the way, and we just got behind them.
Niko Burton was one of our student leaders. Niko’s cousin, Michelle DeCarlo, had cancer as a teenager and passed away. His family took this hard walk firsthand and knew what St. Baldrick’s means to families affected by childhood cancer.
A childhood cancer story of brotherly love.
Ollie was like any other little brother, annoying at times, cheeky all the time, and pretty much my best friend.
He absolutely loved trains. We would make train sets the size of the entire living room. For us, nothing really changed when we discovered that Ollie had a brain tumor, a type of childhood cancer. I didn’t treat him like he was sick. I treated him as I would have even if he wasn’t diagnosed, because Ollie just wanted to be like any other kid. If he wanted to play trains and I wasn’t up for it, then I just didn’t.
Photo by The Winchester Star
Shaving your head for childhood cancer research takes guts. Shaving in an auditorium full of high school students you teach every day? Well, that’s gutsy and might just break every “school norm.”
Melinda Walters, biology teacher at Millbrook High School in Virginia, did just that. It was a day full of tears, excitement, questions and open minds.
Melinda and her students recount their St. Baldrick’s experience:
As the event got closer I became more and more excited. I was about to dare society to see me in a new light. I was about to show my students and my faculty the commitment I have to finding a cure for childhood cancers. I was about to make a difference, a big one.