HONOLULU (KHON2) — Volunteers shaved off their hair at Dave & Buster’s to raise funds for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
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For each person who donated, one woman had even colored a strip of her hair in whatever color the donor wanted.
“It was so worth it,” said Carey Foote who shaved her head in honor of a boy she met named Soya Miyagi who had neuroblastoma. “I had pink, purple, and aquamarine. One person who donated wanted the Ukrainian flag.”
People can also support the foundation by making a donation on their website.
The website also has a list of honored kids with stories that are an inspiration to the event and their goal to help kids with the disease live long healthy lives.
“If I get to be bald to help a child then it is the least, I can do. I would do it every day of the week, and twice on Sundays if I could,” said Foote.
Some of the honored children helped shave their oncologist’s head.
“To see parents or the little siblings of kids going through chemotherapy, go up there and shave their heads for their family, is heartbreakingly beautiful and very powerful,” said Wendy Cockshell, event organizer.
Cockshell’s husband Patrick, and son Zachary, shaved their heads to honor their daughter and sister Haley, who had a brain or spinal chord tumor, and passed away in 2009.
The idea for the event started when a businessman asked two of his friends how will they give back in return for their success in business. The original Saint Baldrick’s Foundation event was held in New York in 2000 at Jim Brady’s pub in Manhattan. The goal was to shave 17 heads and raise $17,000 to donate to the Children’s Oncology Group.
Cockshell said the 11th annual Honolulu St. Baldrick’s event held on Sunday, April 24 raised over $26,000.
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Next year’s event is planned for April.