Sep. 3, 2013
For some folks raising money and awareness for childhood cancer, going bald is in style.
"I'm excited to see some hair fall, just how everyone's coming together for such a good cause," Meghan Harmening, event volunteer said.
St. Baldrick's is a national organization that works on a local level. Volunteers recruit participants, or volunteer themselves, to shave their heads for childhood cancer. The catch? You've got to pay to see it happen. Each participant raises money, using their potential baldness as an incentive.
"I think it's amazing. I didn't really know anything about it before, so the fact that they're doing this and it's actually a big deal is really cool," Harmening said.
Most participants in the Storm Lake event were Buena Vista University students. They aimed to raise five thousand dollars, and raised more than three thousand even before the day started. More than ten people committed to shaving their heads in the name of finding a cure for cancer. Emily Crouch organized the event. Even though she was busy with school and work, she knew it was worth her time.
"I don't know any kids with cancer or anything, I've just always had a passion for it," Emily Crouch, event and volunteer organizer said.
While watching others lose their hair may be entertaining, and the prospect of spending less time getting ready in the morning is certainly a desirable one, Emily said her favorite part of putting the entire event on was seeing how many people wanted to get involved.
"It kind of just showed me how amazing the people around me are. I barely had to do anything to be honest with you. I just kind of told a few people about it and emails started coming in like wildfire, with people saying, 'I'll volunteer,' or 'I'll shave my head,'" Crouch said.
For more information on starting an event of your own, head to www.stbaldricks.org.