Head-shaving fundraiser to raise $75K for children’s cancer research

In this 22News file image from 2011, a young man gets his head shaved during a St. Baldrick's fundraiser in Amherst.

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – At least 200 western Massachusetts men and women will have their heads shaved Sunday in Amherst.

It will be the fifth annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research at Rafters Sports Bar on Amity Street. St. Baldrick’s is a world wide organization dedicated to helping children with cancer.

UMass police officers, along with the Amherst police department sponsor the program, which last year raised $67,000. The goal this weekend is $75,000.

Organizer James Sullivan, a UMass police officer told 22News that the head shaving sends a re-assuring message.

“The fact of the matter is a child may feel scared when they’re losing their hair. It’s hard to tell a five year old, an eight year old or a ten year old they’re losing their hair. This is a very small show of solidarity, that we show them they’re not alone,” Sullivan said.

Forty-three thousand dollars, more than half the $75,000 goal, has already been raised online.

The number of participants in the Amherst fundraiser has continued to grow every year. To find out more about this fundraiser, or to make a contribution, visit stbaldricks.org.

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