More than one hundred people shaved their heads at the Hanger in Amherst Sunday to raise money for childhood cancer research.
“It’s a small event, but it’s also an opportunity to get involved,” said Springfield College student, Jimmy Walsh. “We have all been touched by childhood cancer down the line and unfortunately it’s part of our lives so whatever we can do to give back.”
Those who participated sat in chairs at the Hangar in Amherst and had their heads shaved by professional barbers. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is one of the few organizations that specifically focus on childhood cancer research.
Money raised from St. Baldrick’s shave-a-thons has helped support a South Hadley family whose son was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of six.
“For nine years we have had Luke Bradley and his family as our honored family, and Luke is our honoree child,” said Matthew Malo of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “He has fought it three times. He’s also fought meningitis.”
“A lot of us parents have been waiving our hands going ‘hey there’s got to be more money that’s devoted specifically for pediatric cancer,” said Ryan Bradley, Luke’s father. “The research that is done through St. Baldrick’s is very dear to our hearts.”
The St. Baldrick’s foundation has raised more than $600,000 for childhood cancer research over the last nine years.