Hair to­day, gone to­mor­row

Vol­un­teers shave heads to raise money, aware­ness for child­hood cancer re­search

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

Res­i­dents shave heads to raise money for child­hood cancer re­search A6

Some had long locks of hair, oth­ers barely any at all, but re­gard­less, 17 in­di­vid­u­als said farewell to their hair in sol­i­dar­ity with chil­dren bat­tling cancer, as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foun­da­tion.

The “Bald for a Cause South­ern Mary­land” event was held Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in La Plata.

Mar­cie Robinson, event or­ga­nizer, said the event was held in me­mory of Madi­son “Mad­die Grace” Major, known as Charles County’s “War­rior Princess,” who died in Oc­to­ber 2015 after sev­eral bouts of leukemia.

“We wanted to do this in honor of all South­ern Mary­land kids fight­ing cancer, but par­tic­u­larly in me­mory of Mad­die Grace Major, who was a mem­ber of our church,” Robinson said.

St. Baldrick’s Foun­da­tion is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that raises money for child­hood cancer re­search grants. It is the largest pri­vate fun­der of child­hood cancer re­search in the coun­try, Robinson said.

“It’s all raised through com­mu­nity events like this, all of it,” Robinson said.

Robinson said the Saturday event and on­line do­na­tions raised a to­tal of $5,016.17 to­ward child­hood cancer re­search.

Robinson’s son, Kaden Robinson, 11, a stu­dent at the Bed­dow School, was one of those who took part in the head shaving.

“I chose to shave my head so I can help peo­ple who don’t have the choice to shave their heads, and to make a dif­fer­ence,” Kaden said. “Mad­die Grace War­rior Princess was a very close friend of mine … and so this is for her as well.”

Re­nee Wah trav­elled from North­ern Vir­ginia to have her head shaved.

“I re­ally wanted to show my sup­port, and there were none in my area, so I drove up here,” Wah said. “Think­ing about cancer re­search, and the way it needs to be funded more and more, I thought, ‘Why not do this?’ It’s such a vis­ual state­ment, I think it raises aware­ness in a very unique way that I am glad to par­tic­i­pate in.”

Dawn Camp of Port To­bacco is her­self a skin cancer sur­vivor.

“I wanted to sup­port the kids go­ing through this,” Camp said. “I thought this was some­thing I could do and it would save me from get­ting a hair­cut.”

The event also fea­tured food sales, a silent auc­tion, a bake sale, face paint­ing, a le­mon­ade stand and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Jim Howard Jr. of Me­chan­icsville has his head shaved by Kaki Brown of Alchemy the Sa­lon in La Plata dur­ing the “Go­ing Bald for a Cause South­ern Mary­land” fundraiser for child­hood cancer re­search Saturday.

STAFF PHOTOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Dawn Camp of Port To­bacco has her head shaved by Sam Baker of Sports Clips in La Plata dur­ing the “Go­ing Bald for a Cause South­ern Mary­land” fundraiser for child­hood cancer re­search Saturday.

Re­nee Wah of McQueen, Va., laughs at a joke while get­ting her head shaved by Sam Baker, man­ager at Sports Clips in La Plata, dur­ing the “Go­ing Bald for a Cause South­ern Mary­land” fundraiser in sup­port of child­hood cancer re­search Saturday.

Re­nee Wah has her head shaved by Sam Baker, man­ager of Sport Clips in La Plata, dur­ing the “Go­ing Bald for a Cause South­ern Mary­land” fundraiser for child­hood cancer re­search Saturday.

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