Every year, thousands of men and women shave their heads in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The Foundation, which started among three colleagues over 13 years ago, has grown to become one of the biggest financial backers of childhood cancer research.
This year, a number of Malta Avenue Elementary school students and teachers are going under the clippers for the cause, raising thousands in the process.
Second time shavee and Student Council President Riley Walz is hoping to top his previous fundraising mark of $3,500 by March 9, when the local event takes place at the Saratoga City Tavern. "I like giving honor to those with cancer...I hope to top last year," he said.
Fourth grader Olivia Spiegel is also shaving her head for the event. "It's just hair, it'll grow back," she said. "Kids with cancer don't have a choice." Her mother, Aminee Spiegel, was beaming with pride when talking about her daughter's choice. "She's inspired a lot of us," she said.
Spiegel's son was a shavee last year.
For students who think being a shavee would be to much, but who would love to help in some way, The Downtown Hairtique will be at the school on March 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., providing green hair extensions with donations.
The fundraiser is spearheaded by Malta Ave Student Council advisers Tisa DeGregorio and Matt Nafus. It will be held at Saratoga City Tavern on Saturday, March 9 beginning at noon.
Malta Ave Student Council Donation Page
Riley Walz Donation Page
Olivia Spiegel Donation Page