Western Middle School to Host Community Head Shaving St. Baldrick’s Event on Thursday

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WMS assistant principal Kerry Gavin played the bagpipes at the 2016 St. Baldrick’s event, which was held at GHS. Photo: Leslie Yager

Be a hero for kids with cancer and join the Western Cares 2018 St. Baldrick’s head shaving event at Western Middle School’s gymnasium on March 15, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, organizers hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the US government.

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Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!

One local participant is Heather Brown is shaving her head in honor of Greenwich’s Lynn Willow Gulli, who was diagnosed in 2017 with diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. You can find Heather’s fundraising page here.

“Losing her hair has been the toughest part for Lynn,” Brown said. “I told her it’s only hair and will grow back. I can’t wait to put my money where my mouth is and help Kerry exceed his goal this year!”

Brown graduated from Western Middle School in 1987 and has received over $1,500 in donations from her Western classmates as of Monday!

“This cause hits close to home for the Western community, as two of our students have recently been stricken with this disease,” said WMS Principal Gordon Beinstein. “The Foundation’s single goal is to eliminate childhood cancer, raising $234,000,000 in research grant funding since 2005.”

Beinstein said he hopes the entire community will turn out to help support the cause.

“Shave your head, cut your ponytail or cheer us on while heads are shaved and hair is cut on March 15, all are welcome!” Beinstein said.

The St. Baldrick’s Head Shave Event raises funds by asking participants – ‘shavees’ – to solicit donations from friends, families, local businesses, etc. and in exchange they will shave their heads in solidarity with the kids who often lose their hair during cancer treatment. WMS is also offering an option for those that do not wish to completely shave their heads, but may solicit donations in exchange for cutting their ponytail (at least 8 inches).

All participants must submit a Participant Agreement Form and may obtain more information and sign up for the event at the Western Cares page of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website.

Western Middle School is located at 1 Western Junior Highway, Greenwich.

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Caroline Janney had her head shaved at the GHS St. Baldrick’s event in 2016. Photo: Leslie Yager