St. Baldrick's charity seeks Fairfield 'shavees'
Updated 1:24 pm, Monday, March 12, 2012
The barbers have been lined up and the shears are ready to rip.
And Team Teddy hopes pledges to fund pediatric-cancer research will continue to pile up for its St. Baldrick's Day shearing Friday evening, March 23, at the Osborn Hill School.
Children and adults are accepting pledges to have their hair buzzed off to show solidarity with young cancer patients who lose their hair after chemotherapy.
Organized by Cub Scout Troop 199, the Osborn Hill event promises a festive atmosphere, with a DJ playing dance music, face painting and food -- hot dogs from Super Duper Weenie and baked goods donated by local Girl Scout and Brownie troops.
It begins at 6 p.m. in the school gym.
More InformationTO GET INVOLVED To volunteer as a "shavee" or to pledge a donation, visit: www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/108/2012
The annual event is named in memory of Teddy Gerber, an Osborn Hill student who died in 2010 after a nine-month battle with a rare cancer, undifferentiated sarcoma.
The event raised nearly $92,000 last year, when 172 heads were buzzed, organizers said. As of early this week, about 50 volunteers had agreed to be sheared and pledges totaled more than $25,000.
This year's goal is $50,000, organizers said. Nine barbers have volunteered to do the honors at the event.
Volunteers willing to be "shavees" and people interested in pledging donations can visit Team Teddy's web page: www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/108/2012.
The public also is welcome to stop in at the shearing party to get buzzed as walk ins or to make donations, organizers said.
The California-based St. Baldrick's Foundation makes direct grants to researchers pursuing the most promising treatments for pediatric cancers, according to its website. Since its founding in 2000, the foundation has raised more than $126 million, it says.
The name "St. Baldricks" was derived from an insurance industry St. Patrick's Day party in 2000 when executives enlisted 20 volunteers to shave their heads as a kids-cancer fundraiser. Their goal was to raise $17,000, but they raised $104,000, according to the group's website, and the morphoing of Patrick into Baldrick was coined.
At Osborn Hill, Troop 199 had conducted a low-key St. Baldrick's event for several years before Teddy Gerber became ill. When Teddy lost his hair to chemotherapy, his family has said, he was self-conscious. But as the guest of honor at the troop's 2010 event, he sheared the first volunteer and felt comfortable amid the solidarity.
Since then, Troop 199 has ramped up the event, organizers said. This year, it is assisted by North Stratfield Cub Scout Troop 95.
TO GET INVOLVED
To volunteer as a "shavee" or to pledge a donation, visit: