Students beat fundraising goal for childhood cancer research | Events
The Colfax High School gym was abuzz with activism Wednesday morning.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity raising money for childhood cancer research, hosted the event at Colfax High School, which was organized by sophomore Andrew Becker.
Students, teachers and community members walked around the gym wearing “Ask Me Why I'm Bald” pins as more than 60 people had their head shaved in front of the school population.
Before the eight barbers on hand got to cutting hair, the assembly was shown a video address from Dr. Greg Aune, Colfax High alum and cancer survivor.
“It's never easy to tell someone or hear that you have cancer,” he said.
Terry Kimberly, owner of the Thrifty Grandma Shop presented Becker with a check for $1,000, after which Becker announced “that's enough talking, let's get to this!”
Before the event, 45 people were slated to have their head shaved, but after a healthy dose of well-meaning peer-pressure, more than 60 people had taken a seat on the lab stool turned barber's chair.
Laura Deyoung, owner of LM Sign and Design had her head shaved and donated $50 to the cause.
“I have two kids at this high school and I can't even imagine hearing they have cancer,” she said. “It's only hair. It'll grow back.”
Before the event, the organizers announced that their goal was to raise $7,500, at noon, when the event was concluded and the money counted, Becker and the Colfax-area had raised $9,237 to fund child cancer research.