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St. Baldricks’ “Rock the Bald” Event Wants a Few Heads to Shave

Mother joined son in solidarity to fight childhood cancer with research funds in 2015 event. Photo Credit: Cindy Hill-Pettit

For all of Boise County -Watch as the hair falls and even women become bald at the first annual St. Baldricks event. The purpose is to raise badly needed funds for childhood cancer research.  Shaving heads will be part of the fun as we see local participants show their solidarity with the countless children who lose their hair as they fight the cancer battles. The challenges are out and the dares are getting stronger!

Right now, there are adults participating but all ages of kids can participate in getting their head shaved. Just set a donation goal, no matter how large or small and then once the goal is met, the head gets shaved. It is a fun family dare, sports teams solidarity or a co-worker challenge.

Cindy Hill-Pettit is the organizer of the event and has been involved in St. Baldricks for many years.

Cindy Hill-Pettit, a Garden Valley resident and owner of Cranberryhill Studios, is bringing this event to the area. She has long standing experience doing this event in Colorado. Her love of the St. Baldricks Foundation and its meaningful purpose keeps her wanting to do this.  Cindy also has expressed how transparent the Foundation is and how the money is used. This is very apparent when visiting the website.

Each year, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. In the U.S., 1 in 5 will not survive. Research for childhood cancer is significantly underfunded with only about 4% of the National Cancer Institute budget going for research dedicated to childhood cancer. The purpose is for St. Baldricks Foundation to fill in that gap.

Since 2005, St. Baldricks events have granted more than $200 million to find cures for kid with cancer and give the survivors a much better chance at a long and healthy life. Right now, for our local St. Baldricks event, there are 24 participants raising funds for childhood cancer research. Some will shave their heads when their donation goal is reached.

Lorraine Bollinger, local artist and art teacher plans to be a “shavee”. She says, “I have joined the St. Baldricks’ team to help raise funds for curing childhood cancer I am even considering shaving MY head for the cause! If I personally raise $1000.00, I’ll do it! But that means I’ll need the support of all of my friends.”  She knows that “we all have been touched in some way – by our friends and family – who have won, lost or still fighting the battle. It seems that giving up my own hair for a few months is a small sacrifice compared to theirs.”

Another local participant, Jan Solecki, also known as the Slick Gourmet radio host says, “I am shaving to raise money for childhood cancer research as the Slick Gourmet. Did you know that kids’ cancers are different from adult cancers? It’s true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So, I decided to do something about it by raising money for cures. Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.” Her donation goal will now give her the opportunity to lose her hair in front of the many spectators at the event.

Here is a little more about the Foundation……

Anyone interested in volunteering at the event can contact Cindy though Facebook, at Cranberryhill Studios or call/text by phone at 970-376-0027. The event is on Jul 29, 2017 • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Event: St. Baldrick’s Garden Valley 2017 at Weilmunster Park, Old Crouch Road , Garden Valley, Idaho.

Written by Janet Juroch – BCC Staff