Heads got shaved and wallets opened all in the name of childhood cancer research as students from La Grange School District 102 collected donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Students from Ogden Avenue School in La Grange and Forest Road School in La Grange Park not only shaved strands off their melons at the St. Baldrick’s event at the Max in McCook on March 10, but they also raked in a staggering combined total of over $54,000.
At Ogden Avenue School, the “Do It for Dominic” team raised over $17,000 for St. Baldrick’s. Ogden’s Student Council sold Leprechaun packs, Lucky Charms and “Do It for Dominic” bracelets raising $1,699. The 38 participants on the team helped to raise the funds and took part in the events at the Max.
Prior to the March 10 event, the top fundraising students from Forest Road School were eligible to shave the heads of several participating teachers on March 7. Students also had the option to donate a dollar to dress as a superhero to "fight the villain that is childhood cancer" on March 10 at Forest Road. Coined “The Forest Roaders” the team of students, staff and family members raised $37,538, far surpassing their $20,000 goal, with over 50 participants.
St. Baldrick’s began as a head-shaving event and that continues to be the signature event of the Foundation. “Shavees” ask friends and family to make donations “on their head” and in return, they attend one of thousands of volunteer-organized events around the world where they have their heads shaved in solidarity with kids fighting cancer.