Olympic Heights shaves heads for St. Baldrick's
Olympic Heights hosted its 10th annual St Baldrick’s shave-a-thon.
To participate, students were asked to raise a minimum of $100 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The total raised by Olympic Heights this year exceeded $33,000 with more than 200 volunteers.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.
“Raising money to cure childhood cancer is an extremely important cause and seeing high school students raise this much money is an outstanding thing,” said senior Ian Wagner.
In the past 10 years, Olympic Heights has raised more than $500,000. Each event has been entirely student run under the guidance of a few faculty members.
“As a high school student, it’s such a great feeling to be able to make a difference like this. When you walk into the gymnasium and see a sea of green shirts, wigs, headbands and shoes, you get really excited for what was accomplished,” said junior Gianna Damian. “It’s important to spread the word.”
At the event, 60 students shaved their heads, including 12 female students.
Senior Elizabeth Siegal is a four-year veteran of the head-shaving process. “It’s really important for girls to shave their hair. It makes such an impact in these kids’ lives, and it makes them feel like they don’t have to go through it alone. They have someone who knows what it feels like to not have any hair on their head.”
Lauren Benedeky, a stage IV neuroblastoma survivor and St. Baldrick’s national ambassador speaking at the assembly, told the crowd, “36 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. That is 36 families every day in turmoil and grief,”
As Elizabeth Siegal said: "It’s only hair. It will grow back.”