Six heads shaven in Lawrence in support of childhood cancer research
- on March 19, 2011
Cold, wet weather and a small turnout didn’t dampen spirits at Lawrence’s first St. Baldrick’s fundraiser today in the patio area behind Dempsey’s Burger Pub.
Organizers Trevor LaFarge and Ben Lowe were sporting Irish hats, shamrock glasses and smiles. They had Irish music playing in the background.
It was a fun event for a great cause — childhood cancer research.
The fundraiser is about those who are bold enough to go bald in support of children who have cancer.
LaFarge, 20, a Washburn University baseball player, kicked off the event at noon.
Watching was 8-year-old cancer survivor Isaac Greenly, of Lawrence, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 3. His mom, Casey Greenly, said Issac had to shave his head because he went through three years of chemotherapy. Casey actually shaved her long brown hair in September and raised $370 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Her hair already has grown back into a cute short hairdo.
“We wanted to come out and show our support,” she said. “We wouldn’t miss it.”
For about 15 minutes, LaFarge sported a K-U on the back of head. He showed it off inside the pub. Then, he decided the hairdo might not go over so well at Washburn, so he had it shaved off. His girlfriend, Alana Palmer, who is a K-State fan and Washburn student, was glad to see it go.
Next up was 27-year-old Clifton Sanford, of Perry. He works with Lowe at Kansas University in landscaping. Sanford said he would do anything to support the fight against cancer — even shave his head. His mother, Nancy Jones, of Lecompton, is a 2-year breast cancer survivor.
After the shave, Sanford reached up and touched his head. “Oh wow,” he said. “It’s never been that short — ever.”
Lowe, a KU landscaper and Lecompton firefighter, was third in line. His wife, Chelsea, snapped one last picture of him and his full head of hair. He opted for a mohawk — a style that he had never had before.
Barber Jim McDaniel, of Rossville, said he was in luck — that’s his specialty. McDaniel was a full-time barber for 15 years. Then, he became a teacher, then a principal, and now he’s superintendent of the Kaw Valley school district. He has kept up his license and now volunteers to shave heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. He’s done it for three years. This was his third event this year. He volunteered at a Wichita event, where 64 people shaved their heads, and an Emporia event, where 29 people participated.
When McDaniel was done shaving Lowe’s head, he got out the hair gel and spiked what was left. That got everyone’s attention.
“Wow, it’s so different,” his wife said as she snapped pictures. “Looks good.”
Three more people participated in the event, which raised $1,800 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The organizers already are planning next year’s event. Maybe, there will be a float in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade?!