The cafeteria at Mountain View High School resembled a school carnival than a fundraiser for pediatric cancer, but that was the point.
The third annual St. Baldrick’s night at the school was meant to bring some levity to a serious cause. It also brought some good money, raising more than $7,000. The event is on target to raise over $8,000, with two more dine to donate nights at Dickey’s BBQ and Boston’s Bar and Grill.
“The event went well,” said Chris Dow, one of the event’s organizers.
St. Baldrick’s raises funds for cancer research in kids and young adults. The main way people participate is to have their heads shaved. Not only are they going bald in solidarity with those who have lost their hair during cancer treatments, but they also collect donations and sponsors to get their heads shaved.
“At the event we honor several local kids, young adults that are battling cancer and their families,” Dow said. “We make it a point to get to know these families and support and encourage them.”
Sports Clips was on hand to do the hair trimming duties with four stations. For the first few hours the hair stylists who donated their time were busy shaving heads (as well as a few beards).
Funds were raised both individually and as teams. Three teams raised over $1,000 led by NCI, Inc. which raised $1,635. Hot on their heels were the Marana Police Department and the Pima College Law Enforcement Academy who raised $1,572 and $1,218 respectively.
Evan Garelick, son of Mountain View Principal Todd Garelick, represented the Tucson Soccer Academy and raised over $900 himself.
Whole head shaving is a key element to the event, but there were plenty of other things to do—auctions, massage tables, goodies for kids courtesy of local law enforcement agencies and outside were food trucks and inflatables for the kids.
While the cause is serious, Dow is quick to point out cancer is the number one disease killer of children and young adults in the United States, but the event is meant to be fun and inspire people to donate and support kids.
“Less than four percent of federal funds goes to kids cancer research,” Dow said. “Cancer is the number one disease killer of kids and young adults in the United States. St. Baldrick’s is the largest funder of childhood cancer research grants outside of the United State’s government. Kids need to be kids. These funds help provide better treatments and better survival rates.”
The event is already becoming one of the largest in Southern Arizona and it won’t be long before they look ahead to next year, but this year is not in the books just yet. They are still accepting donations at www.stbaldricks.org/events/gobaldtucson2017 and their dine to donate events will be at Dickey’s BBQ all day on March 15 and Apr. 1 at Boston’s from noon until 4 p.m.