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12-04_javon2_1With music thumping from speakers and students crowding the stairs and balconies, a buzz cutter went to work in the student center this afternoon as 12 students, faculty and staff shaved their heads to raise money for child cancer research. The Milton Barber Shop did the honors and the event raised $18,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Natalie Jones (II) organized the event with the assistance of faculty member Katie Collins, who was one of “shavees.” Head of School Todd Bland also participated in the event. Natalie says she was inspired to get involved with St. Baldrick’s because she has a family member who has had childhood cancer twice. Her previous school back in Hong Kong holds this event annually.

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 and healthy lives. Thus far in 2012, the Foundation has raised more than $25 million. Each year, 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. and Canada.