Contrary to the present weather, it will be warming up soon (really!), and wouldn’t it be great to feel that warm spring breeze graze the top of your head? Not only that, but you can sport the bald look this spring for a good cause at Candor’s ninth annual St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon March 31 at the Candor Elementary School.
This popular local extension of the nationwide event, which raises money for childhood cancer research, has grown bigger and bigger every year, and this year the organizers hope to raise $50,000 at the Candor location—about $2,360 more than they raised in 2018. Already they are almost halfway to their goal, said Kelly Starkweather, one of the organizers of the event.
Adding to the efforts, about $600 was raised last weekend at an indoor yard sale held at Candor Schools; all the items sold were donated by the community. “So that’s pure money that goes to St. Baldrick’s,” said Joan Bartlett, another of the event’s organizers.
Starkweather said she is looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces that return to the event year after year. “Candor is such a giving community,” she said.
The event will honor those who have shaved their heads for more than three years in a row. Those who have achieved three years receive the title of “Squire.” They are: Theresa Blaasch, Scott Hatfield, Elizabeth Williams, Grace Guiles and Paul Ketcham.
There is one “Knight,” Ian Gallagher, who has participated for seven years, and three “Commanders,” Marvin Robert, Lou Heavenrich and Jill Parillo, for whom this will be their tenth year participating in a St. Baldrick’s event.
Those who know a child who is fighting cancer or who is a survivor can register them as an Honor Kid on the Candor’s St. Baldrick’s website, or they can contact Starkweather at (607) 972-4395 or email@example.com. Starkweather would also love to hear from those who would like to volunteer at the event, donate a gift basket, or sign their business up to be a sponsor.
Yet another way locals can help raise money for St. Baldrick’s: this month, people can donate their cans and bottles to help raise funds for the event. Look for collection wagons at the Hi-Way Dairy Bar and Iron Kettle Farm.
If shaving your head isn’t your thing, or you can’t make it to the Shave-a-Thon, consider entering the five kilometer walk/run, which takes place before the main event. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m., and the run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
Bartlett said it is important to note that much of the money raised will go toward research projects in Upstate New York. Research funds have been distributed to organizations in Upstate cities like Rochester, Albany and Buffalo, to name a few.
Already 36 people have signed up on the webpage to shave their heads. Last year there was a total of 56 shavees, 12 of whom hadn’t planned on leaving the event bald. “They ended up raising $50 [the minimum amount required] during the event and getting their heads’ shaved,” Bartlett said. “The energy—it’s so contagious.”
The Shave-a-Thon goes from 1 to 4 p.m. at Candor Elementary School on March 31. To register, visit stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/4251/2019