St. Baldrick’s day in Eagle |

St. Baldrick’s day in Eagle

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

What is it? Volunteers raise money for childhood cancer research by requesting donations from family and friends for shaving their heads. The event, which is part of the worldwide St. Baldrick’s Foundation, will be attended by “shavees,” volunteers, donors, and cancer patients and their families.

Barbers and hairstylists will style participants’ hair in wacky styles, then the shaving will commence. Some volunteers will cut their hair to donate to Locks of Love. So far 48 shavees and barbers are signed up for this year’s event, said organizer Cindy Pettit.

Those who will go bald this year include Fire Chief John Asper and Pettit herself.

There will also be a silent auction, with items donated by local businesses, and the Fire Department will be grilling for lunch.

The event is in its 9th year overall, and this is the third annual event in Eagle County.

Where does the money go? The Eagle County event raised $30,000 last year and the goal is $35,000 for this year, said Pettit.

All money goes to pediatric cancer researchers in the form of grants and fellowships. Treatment for children is unique from adult treatment, and technology is coming a long way, Pettit said.

At one of the centers the fundraiser supports, a girl with a form of cancer that would have resulted in an amputated leg six years ago, had the cancerous bone removed and replaced with metal instead, she said.

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