Six heads shaven in Lawrence in support of childhood cancer research

Trevor LaFarge, left, poses for a picture with Isaac Greenly, a cancer survivor, during a St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday, March 19, 2011, behind Dempsey's Burger Pub in downtown Lawrence. LaFarge organized the event which benefits childhood cancer research.

Trevor LaFarge, left, poses for a picture with Isaac Greenly, a cancer survivor, during a St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday, March 19, 2011, behind Dempsey's Burger Pub in downtown Lawrence. LaFarge organized the event which benefits childhood cancer research. by Karrey Britt

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.”

Eight-year-old Isaac Greenly, a student at Deerfield School, signs autographs a picture for Trevor LaFarge, who organized Lawrence's first St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser, which raises money for childhood cancer research. Isaac is a cancer survivor.

Eight-year-old Isaac Greenly, a student at Deerfield School, signs autographs a picture for Trevor LaFarge, who organized Lawrence's first St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser, which raises money for childhood cancer research. Isaac is a cancer survivor. by Karrey Britt

Trevor LaFarge, 20, a Washburn University student, is ready to have his head shaven during the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday, March 19, 2011, in downtown Lawrence. LaFarge organized the event, which raises awareness about childhood cancer and money for research. This is his sixth year to participate in a St. Baldrick's event.

Trevor LaFarge, 20, a Washburn University student, is ready to have his head shaven during the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday, March 19, 2011, in downtown Lawrence. LaFarge organized the event, which raises awareness about childhood cancer and money for research. This is his sixth year to participate in a St. Baldrick's event. by Karrey Britt

Barber Jim McDaniel, of Rossville, shaves the head of Trevor LaFarge during the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser in Lawrence.

Barber Jim McDaniel, of Rossville, shaves the head of Trevor LaFarge during the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser in Lawrence. by Karrey Britt

Barber Jim McDaniel shaves a K-U on the back of Trevor LaFarge's head.

Barber Jim McDaniel shaves a K-U on the back of Trevor LaFarge's head. by Karrey Britt

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.

Trevor LaFarge, a Washburn University student, sports a new bald look in support of childhood cancer research.

Trevor LaFarge, a Washburn University student, sports a new bald look in support of childhood cancer research. by Karrey Britt

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.”

Clifton Sanford, 27, of Perry, participates in the first St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser in Lawrence. The event raises awareness about childhood cancer and money for research.

Clifton Sanford, 27, of Perry, participates in the first St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser in Lawrence. The event raises awareness about childhood cancer and money for research. by Karrey Britt

Perry resident Clifton Sanford, 27, sports a new bald look after participating in the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday, March 19, 2011, behind Dempsey's Burger Pub in downtown Lawrence. Sanford's mother is a 2-year cancer survivor.

Perry resident Clifton Sanford, 27, sports a new bald look after participating in the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday, March 19, 2011, behind Dempsey's Burger Pub in downtown Lawrence. Sanford's mother is a 2-year cancer survivor. by Karrey Britt

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.”

Ben Lowe, a Kansas University landscaper and Lecompton firefighter, prepares to have his head shaven during the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday, March 19, 2011, behind Dempsey's Burger Pub in downtown Lawrence. Lowe helped organize the event, which raises awareness about childhood cancer and money for research.

Ben Lowe, a Kansas University landscaper and Lecompton firefighter, prepares to have his head shaven during the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday, March 19, 2011, behind Dempsey's Burger Pub in downtown Lawrence. Lowe helped organize the event, which raises awareness about childhood cancer and money for research. by Karrey Britt

Lawrence resident Ben Lowe sports a new hairdo Saturday, March 19, 2011, after participating in the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser that he helped organize.

Lawrence resident Ben Lowe sports a new hairdo Saturday, March 19, 2011, after participating in the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser that he helped organize. by Karrey Britt

Ben Lowe's new look.

Ben Lowe's new look. by Karrey Britt

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?!

Tagged: childhood cancer, St. Baldrick's Foundation, cancer

Comments

ThoughtPonderer 6 years, 10 months ago

I am shocked and saddened by the low turnout. The Lawrence community supports so many "causes." This is an very important one that affects many children in our community. Some of the causes that people in this community support are not even people oriented and get a lot more support. I hope Trevor will continue in his efforts and do this again next year. Maybe there was just not enough publicity about the event.

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