RANDOLPH, N.J. - A St.Baldrick’s event was hosted at Resurrection Parish on June 1 in honor of Nancy Martin. St. Baldrick's foundation raises money to find cures for childhood cancer. At the event, participants shave their head to show support for children going through chemotherapy. The St.Baldrick’s event was hosted by a team of Randolph moms, all dear friends of Nancy Martin: Jen Baxter, Shannon Civetta, Theresa Fogel, Barbara Jones, Katie McNamara and Lori Rogers.
The journey started with Jen Baxter, who started the team’s endeavor through St.Baldrick’s. She pulled Martin and Rogers into the organization and the rest of the team followed suit soon after.
“I’m really proud of what we’ve done.” said Jen Baxter, a member of the St.Baldrick’s team. Since 2011, the team has raised over $120,000 and they’re not done yet. The moms have raised money through donations and through the notorious “shavees”.
The shavees are fundraisers who receive donations to shave their head. “The meaning behind shaving the head is to show solidarity for kids who are fighting cancer and going through chemotherapy. It’s to support them and to show them that they’re not alone.” said Baxter. Each shavee raises an average of about $500 and an estimated 20 shavees participate annually.
“I did it for the kids!” said Alyssa Portaro, a 2018 shavee. Portaro shaved her head in support for four children she found on the St.Baldrick’s website. “I’ve been sharing their stories and raising money for them and I’m really excited about the results.” Portaro raised $482, which will go to the St.Baldrick’s Foundation to fund research for childhood cancer.
Shaving their heads is not the only way people support St.Baldrick’s. Many girls get their hair braided to show support for the foundation, while others donate to a team member, shavee or to the St.Baldrick’s website. At the event, there are also games, where it’s pay-to-play and the money also goes to St.Baldrick’s.
This year, the Randolph moms had a goal to reach $15,000. At the end of the day, over $12,000 was raised. An additional $3,000 is expected from corporate matches that will help exceed this years expectations. “It’s amazing,” said Lori Rogers, another member of the St.Baldrick’s team, “it gets bigger and bigger.” and indeed it has. Since 2011, donations keep growing, starting at $8,000 reaching as high as $43,000.
The team would like to give a special mention and thank you to Randolph engine Co #2 and their generous donation of $250 as well as their generous local sponsors, Antimos Pizza in Randolph, Circle Lanes in Rockaway, Mt Freedom Golf, Game Vault in Morristown and Cinepolis Theater in Succasunna.
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Editor's Note : Alexa Skrapits is an RHS student paricipating in a journalism program