St. Baldrick’s Challenge Cuts into Childhood Cancer

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Students, staff and Syosset community members shed some hair and raised money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation in the fight against childhood cancer.

This year, more than 65 participants showed their support by shaving their heads and/or donating their hair to Pantene to make wigs during the annual St. Baldrick’s event at Syosset High School. This included 36 heads shaved and an additional 25 trimmed by eight inches or more. Participants secured donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by agreeing to shed their hair. Since Syosset High School has participated, the event has raised more than $45,000. This year alone, the collective effort brought in close to $12,000.

In observance of college basketball’s March Madness, a St. Baldrick’s basketball tournament was held at Syosset High School to raise money for the cause. The winning team of Brian Kim, Jack Moore, Alex Schwartz and Jimmy Sheehy also agreed to shave their heads.

Special thanks to the hair stylists of Gold Coast Barbers and Salon O for volunteering their time to make these charitable cuts. Greg Cardona, Nicole Hansen and Dale Iovine organized the event.

The name St. Baldrick’s is a mashup of St. Patrick’s Day and the word “bald” — two things that sum up the humble beginnings of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which co-sponsors head shaving, haircutting events and other fundraisers across the globe to raise money to provide research grants to treat childhood cancer. The movement started with three men who accepted a St. Patrick’s Day challenge to go bald to raise money for childhood cancer research. Their goal was $17,000. They ended up raising $104,000, and since then St. Baldrick’s has grown into a national phenomenon, with many of the events held in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day.