St. Baldrick's looking for volunteers for March 24 event

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DEWITT — St. Baldrick’s of Clinton County, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host its eighth annual head-shaving event at the Community Center/Lincoln Park in DeWitt on March 24.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. As part of the event, families will share stories of their journey through pediatric cancer, and Dr. Sue O’Dorisio, of the University of Iowa, will speak about what this research means. The event will showcase the shavees and their commitment to raising funds and walking in solidarity with children battling cancer.

Shavees can become heroes for kids with cancer by shaving their heads in return for pledges of financial support from friends and family. Participants find that shaving their head in solidarity with children who are diagnosed with cancer each year, often losing their hair because of treatment, is a small sacrifice in comparison to what these children endure.

This year in addition to the head shaving there is a new part to the event called “Short Hair Don’t Care.” For those people wanting to become heroes for kids with cancer but not ready to brave the shave, St. Baldrick’s members have created a “Short Hair Don’t Care” part to the event where people can donate 8 or more inches of their hair to an organization that gives wigs to kids affected by cancer.

Why all the shaved heads? Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer, and one in five of these children will not survive. Those who do survive often suffer long-term effects from treatment too harsh for their developing bodies. Donations raised at events like this support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as every child.

Since starting the event in 2011, St. Baldrick’s of Clinton County has raised over $200,000 to support the development of childhood cancer treatments and research throughout the state of Iowa, directly affecting children in the local community.

The head-shavings will begin at 1 p.m. March 24. There will be food, music, kids’ activities, a bake sale and silent auction.

The committee is in need of barbers, volunteers and shavees or those who wish to donate hair. Those interested in helping are asked to register at

For more information, contact Julie Burken at (563) 249-7663 or

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