While there actually is and was no one named St. Baldrick, the name is used by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for fund raising events to help finance research to prevent and cure childhood cancers.
St. Baldrick is a combination of two words: bald, which one becomes after shaving his or her head, of course; and St. Patrick, the saint honored on the day of the first St. Baldricks event, March 17, 2000.
Since that first event, $136 million has been raised. Of that, $103,450,166 was raised between 2005-2013. More children in the United States die from childhood cancer than any other leading disease. There is much to be done to conquer these terrible diseases.
Three years ago, Tyler Fleming and Billy Wood, co-owners of On the Snap saw their first St. Baldrick’s shaving event in Raleigh. On March 16, 2001, Fleming and Wood, being passionate about finding a cure for cancer, decided to have their own event in Fuquay-Varina.
Each year a growing number of people come together to have their heads shaved or to cheer on a friend or family member. The local 2013 goal was $5,000. As of last Saturday, with $2,000 alone from online donations, donations from the day of the event and what is still coming, the On the Snap group expects to have reached its goal.
Megan O’Daniel, Kasey Klinefelter, Melinda None, Crystal Poole, called the “Bliss Chicks” as they all work for Salon Bliss, and Willie Morris of Pro Barbers Barber Shop worked their magic, shaving the heads of 24 participants.
The event was planned by Jill Schnake-Roeder.
The youngest participants this year were Becky Gonzalez, who started “Becky’s Baldies” joined by Herbert Aiken Elementary School classmate, Morgan Nicklaus. Both girls are just 10 years old.
Gonzalez and Nicklaus raised $1,785 by going door to door with their parents’ help. Gonzalez was unable to attend due to a grandfather’s funeral in Florida on the same day. But Nicklaus was one of the first to bravely have her head shaved.
The first shavee was Wynn Tousley who rode his motorcycle in during his lunch break for the cause.
Elizabeth Huesca, from the St. Baldrick’s main office in California, flew in to show appreciation for Fleming and Wood’s donation of their place, efforts and time to bring about these local successes.