Fairfield, CT – On May 1, Notre Dame High School hosted its first Saint Baldrick’s event to raise money for childhood cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-and-donor-powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
The event was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Student Leadership Institute, composed of ND students. On the day of the event, 12 shavees shaved their heads and three cut their hair for Locks of Love. The students raised a total of $11,825 to donate to Saint Baldrick’s.
Rose Baker, Student Coordinator, began her interest in St. Baldrick’s through her parents. Her mom has hosted ten events in the past to raise money for St. Baldrick’s and her father has been a shavee for ten years. “This organization is dear to my heart and I was excited when the students wanted to participate and help children who need it most,” she said.
Kevin Kelly, a ND senior, shaved his head in honor of his two-year-old nephew, who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia. “I was initially hesitant to shave my head but the more I learned about how St. Baldrick’s has helped so many children I knew I had to do it. It meant a lot to me to have my nephew and family there and to do it in his honor made me proud!”