After you go green for St. Patrick’s Day, go bald for St. Baldrick’s

March 16, 2014 at 5:14 pm | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Heard about St. Baldrick’s?

Organizer Emily Austin is asking West Seattleites to agree to go bald on March 29th to help kids with cancer. She and Shanti Salon are organizing the fundraising event at Mind Unwind (2206 California SW) in The Admiral District, just a few blocks from the salon.

(St. Baldrick’s Foundation photo)

The act of giving up your head hair, says Emily, is “a gesture of solidarity for children who lose their hair in treatment, or anyone else who has gone through the hair loss trauma while undergoing treatment.”

Cheering on the shavees – who will have gathered sponsor pledges ahead of time – is just part of the event, so you’re invited even if you’re planning on keeping your hair. Says Emily, “There will also be silent auction items, raffle items and other ways to donate. We are still in need of a few donations of goods, services, gift cards, or table ready baskets to auction off.” But most importantly:

We’re actively searching for a few more folks who would consider shaving their heads and in particular, those willing to collect donations in advance. Our event link makes it quite easy to sign up, and sometimes, people or businesses will even form a team to make things more interesting. Anyone can get involved, from getting shaved, shaving heads, sweeping hair, helping collect donations for the raffle tickets that evening, to just coming by the event and lending support.

Emily hopes to build the event in the years ahead to where 100 people will get their heads shaved in a single evening. If you’re willing to help her head in that direction – sign up here. And join her at Mind Unwind on Saturday, March 29th, 6-8 pm.

4 Comments

  1. This is a SUPER cool event! Thanks to Emily for taking this on and I hope it raises bunches of money!

    Comment by coffee — 6:34 pm March 16, 2014 #

  2. For folks with long hair, will the hair be donated (perhaps so it can be made into real hair wigs for cancer patients)? You know, to a place like Locks for Love?

    Comment by ACG — 11:00 pm March 16, 2014 #

  3. Apparently it’s up to you what to do with the shaven hair – Locks of Love or otherwise, or save it, or recycle or mulch it, or …
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    http://www.stbaldricks.org/blog/post/donate-your-hair-in-5-easy-steps/

    Comment by WSB — 11:05 pm March 16, 2014 #

  4. Thank you WS Blog for sharing this. I am so excited to get WS’s first annual event kicked off. Come show your support for kids, and the shavees who are working hard getting sponsors to support this incredible foundation . We will gladly put a shavee’s long locks in pigtails and ship it off to Locks of Love for them if it’s indeed long enough. Whatever we can do to help out, but the event is about head shaving, not haircutting, just to be clear. Hope to see you there!

    Comment by Emily Austin — 9:15 am March 17, 2014 #

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