Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Baldrick's

Eriek and I went to a local Irish pub, the Goose's Acre, on Sunday to celebrate St. Baldrick's.  Never heard of it?  It's way more fun than just wearing green on St. Patrick's Day.  It all started on March 17, 2000, when some people turned their St. Patrick's Day party into a head-shaving event to benefit kids with cancer. Their 20 "shavee" recruits planned to raise "$17,000 on the 17th." Instead, they raised over $104,000!  Now 11 years later they have raised over $57 million for St. Baldrick's Foundation (the charity they started after that initial head-shaving event) which is committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

So, pretty cool concept.  I've donated my hair before (cutting off 10-12") to make wigs for kids with cancer, but I'm not sure if I have the guts to shave my whole head.  But there are many who are- men, women and kids.  But you don't have to shave your head to help the cause, just be part of the events as it's now world-wide!    
St. Baldrick's Foundation

Here are some fun pics from the event:

John lead off the day by shaving his greenish-teal hair... not sure why they left the beard...
Then we had some brave little men...

And I was most impressed with these women...
A lot of fun was had, a lot of hair was donated, and even more hair floated away in the breeze and into the Waterway.  Hopefully one of these days we'll be able to knock out cancer just as easily!


  1. I didn't know you had this blog girl! I have a lot of catch up reading in my future!!!

  2. Laura, that is so cool! The way I see it is your hair will grow back, but the opportunity to help someone with cancer so directly is not so easy attained. I commend these people for their bravery and most of all, their selflessness. I pray that someday I have the opportunity to participate in an event similar to this, if not the same one.

  3. Jody- I pretty much just started it, so it's still kinda new to me. Hoping to become a more frequent blogger, but I guess that's always the hope :)

    JC- It was a neat event. Check out the website, they may have events near you, too.