Hundreds of heads shaved in Amherst to combat cancer in children

AMHERST, Mass (WWLP) – Heads were shaved by the hundreds in Amherst Sunday to raise money to combat cancer in children.  22News you to where men and women stood in line to have their heads shaved.

Rafter’s sports bar in Amherst was home to the fifth annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s is a world wide organization helping kids cope with cancer, and organizers are thrilled by the turnout.

Matthew Malo of Southampton told 22News “It’s a little bit bigger than I expected, the community rallies around this and it blows me away every year.”.

As in year’s past, women showed their support for St. baldrick’s by getting clipped alongside the men.

“Well my dad did it when I was a lot younger, so obviously I wanted to follow in  his footsteps” UMass student Ruthie Sterling told 22News.

Nor was she the only woman to be shorn. Linda Dina of Belchertown told 22News she has a good reason to get into the spirit.

“The day after thanksgiving my ten year old nephew was diagnosed with lymphoma. Everybody knows St. Baldrick’s is most law enforcement oriented and today’s my birthday so I figured all the signs from God, time for the hair to go.”.

Organizers believe that when all the pledges are added up they’ll easily top this year’s seventy five thousand dollar goal. A moment to rejoice.

During the first fundraiser five years ago, they raised less than half of what all his hair cutting yielded today.

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