WARREN, NJ - In a strong statement of solidarity with kids with cancer, 20 local high school students, parents and members of the community as well as 11 Watchung Hills Regional High School teachers and staff shaved their heads at a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising event held at the high school in Warren to raise money for childhood cancer research. $31,420 was raised so far this year.
Starting in 2011 with Jack Horan, this fundraising effort has grown larger each year as new volunteers join in and many of the boys, girls and teachers, return annually and $154,664 has been raised for St Baldrick’s by this local event over the last eight years. Horan will be graduating this year and next year’s team will be led by Emily Thompson and Cristina Sarrico continuing the tradition of helping others.
Donations can be made on the team’s webpage: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/whrhsshavees2018
A record number, seven girls shaved their heads for St. Baldricks’s and also donated their hair to Locks of Love, a charity that provides hairpieces to children with long-term medical hair loss.
Participating in this year’s head shaving were: Jack Horan, the team organizer, Gabi DeCastro, Emily Thompson, Elizabeth Samayoa, Cristina Sarrico, David Cantone, Shoili Banerjee, Annika Schmidt, Reza Malik, John Dempsey, Tyler Fuller, Ed Sarrico, Joseph Horan, Nicholas O'Keefe, Erin Pinto, Tyler Carapezzi, Ashil Jhaveri, Joseph Antunes, Joseph DeNisco, Calvin Li. The brave Watchung Regional High teachers and staff are: Greg O'Reilly, Sean New, Jeff Dealaman, David Hache, Ken Karnas, Jon Bedi, Evan Oftedal, Carl W.F. Bird, Greg Krueger, Gregory Biniukow, and Matthew Dellibovi.
The team would like to thank: Kimberly Schmitt, Bethany Ellis, Nataly Ostrovskaya and Vivian Fasano from Shear ColourSalon in Bridgewater who graciously donated their time and delayed opening their business to shave the participants.
This year’s team also received a great deal of help from Pamela Sasso of WHRHS who spread the word throughout the school and helped recruit many shavees. Team organizers said, “We are grateful to the WHRHS Administration for allowing us to hold the event at the high school, WHRHS Teacher’s Association, and the WHRHS Buildings and Grounds staff who helped to make this event a success.”
More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined. Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 2 minutes. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to childhood cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease.
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. St. Baldrick’s coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $234 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more information about the St. Baldrick’sFoundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.