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St. Baldrick's: Hair-shearing to benefit cancer research for kids

Updated 4:32 pm, Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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  • Debbie Crucitti reacts as her hair is  buzzed off during a 2010 St. Baldrick's fundraiser sponsored by TeamBrent in 2010. Photo: Autumn Driscoll, File Photo / Connecticut Post
    Debbie Crucitti reacts as her hair is buzzed off during a 2010 St. Baldrick's fundraiser sponsored by TeamBrent in 2010. Photo: Autumn Driscoll, File Photo

 

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Organizers expect hundreds of men, women and children will sacrifice their hair to fight childhood cancer during a St. Baldrick's shearing on Sunday, March 2, at Fairfield Warde High School. Armed with pledges for donations, participants will get close buzz cuts to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and show solidarity with kids who lose their hair to cancer treatments.

The event is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Warde gym and is sponsored by TeamBrent, a Southport-based group that says it has raised $3 million in St. Baldrick's events since 2005.

Sponsors are planning a festive atmosphere for the mass clipping, with music provided by a DJ, free face-painting and photos, and a bake sale. Pizza and crepes will be available from vendors' trucks outside, TeamBrent said in a news release.

The California-based St. Balrick's Foundation drew out of an event at a Manhattan pub on St. Patrick's Day 2000, when 19 heads were shaved in a fundraiser, according to the organization's website. The holiday and the end result melded into "St. Baldrick's," and the foundation was formed three years later. It says it has donated $100 million to children's cancer research since 2005.

At the Warde event, doors are scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m., An 11 a.m. opening ceremony will be hosted by National Hockey League broadcaster Deb Placey, a Southport resident.

Then, volunteer stylists from Salon V and Salon Vivid will put their clippers to work buzzing heads until 2:30 p.m.

After the event, shavees will be entitled to a free round of mini-golf at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library until 4 p.m., TeamBrenth said.

TeamBrent was founded in 2005 in support of then 3-year-old Brent McCleesh of Southport, who was battling Stage IV Neuroblastoma. Today, Brent is 10 and survivor who can't remember being sick, according to the release.

In addition to $3 million raised for St. Baldrick's, Team Brent said it has raised another $3 million for the Dana Farber Cancer Foundation by participating in the Pan Mass Challenge cycling event in Massachusetts.

For more information, visit www.teambrent.com.