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`Brave the Shave' will help St. Baldrick's Foundation

Elizabeth High School event will raise money for childhood cancer research

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Each head shaved during the March 1 “Brave the Shave” event at Elizabeth High School will raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds more childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the federal government.

The event will start at 3:30 p.m. in the high school cafetorium. Three volunteer cosmetologists will be there, razors in hand, to shave the heads of the volunteers.

Dani Varela, who spearheaded the effort that created the event, said this is the second year “Brave the Shave” will be held at Elizabeth High School.

“After my granddaughter Cheyenne was diagnosed with cancer three years ago we wanted to do something to help all children with cancer,” she said. “When we learned about the St. Baldrick's Foundation and what they do, we decided to try to raise funds for them.”

Last year 35 volunteers had their heads shaved, which raised $6,900 for the St. Baldrick Foundation. Those who had their heads shaved included a number of EHS students as well as members of the Elizabeth community. Varela said one volunteer raised $500 for the charity.

“We already have about 10 volunteers signed up to have their head shaved on March 1, including some who had their heads shaved last year,” Varela said. “Our goal is to have even more people sign up as volunteers so we can reach our goal of raising $10,000.”

EHS junior Preston Klinger signed up for “Brave the Shave” again.

“I had my head shaved here at the high school last year and this will make the 13th year I have had my head shaved at a St. Baldrick event,” he said. “My dad and I have our head shaved for this charity every year. Before they held the event here at the school we joined the head shaving held by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. We do it because we want to do all we can to help find a cure for kids suffering from cancer.”

He said he also has his head shaved to show his support for children who lose their hair while undergoing chemotherapy.

“Some people wonder why my hair is like it is, but I don't care what people think about how I look,” he said. “After my head is shaved it does feel funny for a while. My scalp is sort of like Velcro and sticks to the pillow at night.”

He said he is so used to having his head shaved that the hair that has grown out feels a little funny to him.

“I am ready to have my head shaved again on March 1,” he said. “I have raised $100 to donate to the event and I am working to reach my goal of $500.”

To sign up as to be part of the EHS “Brave the Shave” event or to contribute to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, go on line to www.StBaldricks.org or call Varela at 303-646-1770.

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