Locals Bare Hearts, Heads to Support Cancer Research

February 27, 2008

St. Baldrick's Day is a fake holiday when people can volunteer to shave their heads for pledge money that supports pediatric cancer research.

At least nine women will be among the nearly two dozen locals who will shave their heads in honor of St. Baldrick’s Day at a special celebration on Thursday, March 13 at Napa Gino’s Restaurant, 2200 Penfield Road.

St. Baldrick’s Day is a fake holiday when people can volunteer to shave their heads for pledge money that supports pediatric cancer research through the Children’s Oncology Group, a national cooperative group consisted of over 100 pediatric cancer centers. Golisano Children’s Hospital, one of the benefiting centers, will use the money to offer novel therapies to patients from a 13 county area.

In the seven years since the first St. Baldrick’s day shaving event in a New York City pub, the foundation has raised over $34 million.

Lynne Stiefler, co-organizer of this year’s Rochester event, firmly believes in practicing what she preaches. That’s why, this year, she’s also a first-time “shavee.”

“It took me three years to work up the courage,” said Stiefler, a staff nurse at the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Stiefler’s group, The Strong Shavees, and other “shavees” set a $20,000 goal this year.

The mascot from Build-A-Bear Workshop at Eastview Mall will be there to entertain children, as well as a clown making balloon animals. The shaving begins at 7 p.m.

To register as a “shavee” or a volunteer, to pledge money, or for more information about St. Baldrick’s Day, please visit the foundation’s Web site at www.stbaldricks.org.

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