Cleveland Heights Kids, Adults Shaving Heads for Kids' Cancer Research
Dozens of donors and seven teams hope to raise $45,000 for St. Baldricks
Dozens of kids and adults will shave their heads this weekend at the annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser for kids' cancer research.
The organization fights cancer in children through funding research and medical advances, and this Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m., nearly 60 people — mostly kids — will take the leap at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.
Krissy Gallagher's son Austin was diagnosed with cancer in both kidneys when he was ten months* old. Now cancer-free, he, his father and his two brothers shave their heads every year for St. Baldrick's.
Last year, Gallagher started a local fundraiser geared more toward kids than the annual head-shaving downtown after the St. Patrick's Day parade. The 49 shavees raised $38,000.
This year, Gallagher said, she wants to raisea $35,000. Several teams have signed up, and donations were at over $22,000 Monday.
So far, five girls and one woman will get bobs — instead of full shaves — courtesy of Shawn Paul Salon, and 52 others, including 44 children, will go under the clippers for a full shave from Quintana's Barber & Dream Spa.
Team Fairfax — from the elementary school — is currently in first place, with more than $8,000 raised. The team includes Austin Gallagher himself, Ben Hegyes and Remy Bourbeau from kindergarten; Spencer Imka and Kenji Sakaie from second grade; Braedan Gallagher — Austin's brother — Vince Holland, Nat Tyler, Joe McDonnell, Joey Russo and Joey Minnillo from third grade; and Sarah McDonnell from fifth grade.
*The original version of this article reported the wrong age here.