Knights help buzz childhood cancer
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TOWAMENCIN- Many North Penn baseball players gathered together at the Lansdale Tavern on Sunday afternoon to shave their heads. (And no, it wasn’t because they all wanted matching hair cuts.) Instead, they all wanted to join the fight against childhood cancer by spreading awareness and raising money for the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation.
“We wanted to give up something that doesn’t really matter, [like our hair], for kids that are in need,” said junior Joe Picozzi.
The Saint Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that hold events all around the nation with the goal of raising money to help fund the fight against childhood cancer. The organization raises money by having “shavees” sign up at their community event and then raise money through family and friends.
The foundation’s first event was in held 17 years ago where 19 people shaved their heads; today, over 27,637 people have shaved their heads in 2017 so far, according to the foundation’s website.
Glenn and Nicole Yetter helped bring the event to the Lansdale area. Glenn Yetter first shaved his head eight years ago and has been making an impact ever since.
“It’s all about the kids, it’s all about trying to find a cure, and it’s all about trying to make a difference,” said Yetter.
Throughout the afternoon, many community members stopped by the Lansdale Tavern to join in the festivity. There were raffles, donation jars, and even a form entertainment- a raised stage where the main event was taking place. All day, the stage was occupied with participants getting their “new-do” from volunteer hair stylists.
“This event gives back to the community, and it raises money for cancer; it’s a big deal,” said junior Connor Mikulski.
The baseball team took the stage at the same time and they all supported each other while taking pictures of their shocked teammates.
“The first reaction is always ‘oh my goodness’,” said Nicole Yetter, “ I shaved my head last year, which was fantastic and inspirational, but also nerve wracking.”
After gathering outside for a group photo there was a common consensus that having no hair really does make your head cold.
“A common reaction is ‘wow, my head is cold’, but then people realize that they did something really powerful that made a difference,” said Yetter.
“It is a great cause and by shaving our heads we are able to spread awareness for it,” said senior Dan Drop.
If you are considering joining the fun next year, and are nervous about losing your hair, take the Yetter’s advice: “It’s just hair, it grows back.”