Schaumburg High School Proves Bald is Beautiful at St. Baldrick’s Event

Superintendent Nancy Robb, participated by donning a green hair extension, shows students support while they shave their heads for St. Baldrick's.

Superintendent Nancy Robb participated by donning a green hair extension and showed students support while they shave their heads for St. Baldrick’s.

Schaumburg High School was buzzing with school spirit as many of its own shaved their heads during a pep assembly to raise awareness and funds for children’s cancer research.

The school hosted its third St. Baldrick’s shaving event on March 14 and has raised $102,390.84 to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Community members can still donate to SHS’ event to keep them in the running to win the largest high school total raised by March 31.

The St. Baldrick’s event started at SHS in 2010 after SHS graduate John Knudson, a student who battled cancer since the age of 13 and is currently in remission, became involved in the organization and helped start the first event at the school.

“Four years ago we started St. Baldrick’s in our school because one of our own had just learned his cancer returned,” said Ginger Haas, Social Worker and St. Baldrick’s Event Coordinator at Schaumburg High School. “A joy that comes from these events is seeing our SHS community come together for one common purpose –  to help others.  We get life lessons from all different sources and it is an honor to be able to help our student body learn one through an event like this. We want to thank our community for supporting our students and staff with their fundraising efforts. ”

St. Baldrick's student and staff participants after they shaved their heads or cut their hair.

St. Baldrick’s student and staff participants after they shaved their heads or cut their hair.

Students needed to raise $25 in order to participate and have their head shaved during their lunch hour. Those that raised $1,000 or more had their head shaved in front of the entire student body during an all school assembly.  There were other ways to participate, as well. Students with long ponytails had their hair cut off and donated to Kids with Hair Loss to be made into wigs. Additionally, there was a fundraiser where students and staff could buy green extensions to be added to their hair for support.

A big difference this year was recognizing four kids within Schaumburg as “honored kids” that came to the assembly, including John Knudson. One boy was diagnosed at 16 months old and has a brother at SHS who is a freshman.  Another boy was born with Down Syndrome and diagnosed with leukemia at age 3, and Harlow is a 5 year old who is still undergoing treatments.

“Nate, Donnie, Johnny, our former student, and the picture of Harlow touched the hearts of everyone at our assembly,” Haas said. “We want Schaumburg families who are dealing with pediatric cancer to know our big high school supports them.”

Anyone interested in donating to SHS’ St. Baldrick’s fund can contribute here.

SHS St. Baldrick’s Success

Upon hearing the sound of hair clippers pressed to her head, sophomore Krystal Vezzetti excitedly clutched a sign that read $1,293, the amount she personally fundraised as she smiled and laughed in disbelief while cheap jerseys locks of Интерьер her hair fell to the ground and were placed in a bag, culminating to nothing but skin.

And she wasn’t alone.

St. Baldrick's Participants

SHS St. Baldrick's participants.

More than 170 students and faculty at Schaumburg High School participated in the annual St. Baldrick’s event by raising funds for children’s cancer cheap nba jerseys research presents and shaving their heads at a pep assembly on March 22. SHS raised more than $103,000 for the organization this year.

“I did this event because my grandpa died of cancer before I was born, and I never got to meet him,” Vezzetti said. “I just really wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. If I can make one little girl feel pretty with my hair, then that makes all of this worthwhile.”

Students who raised more than $500, and faculty members more than $1,000, had their heads shaved during the pep assembly, and were introduced to the packed auditorium during the event. All participants that raised more than $25 had their heads shaved during lunch hours.

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Superintendent of Schools Nancy Robb poses with Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services Dan Cates after he participated in the event.

The St. Baldrick’s event started at SHS in 2010 after SHS graduate John Knudson, a student who battled cancer since the age of 13, became involved in the organization and helped start the first St. Baldrick’s event at the school. On his St. Baldrick’s profile page, he said: “With little to look forward to, my friends, our school social worker Mrs. Haas and Beitrag I decided to start a St. Baldrick’s event at SHS. As soon as everything was approved, the event took off and before anyone could realize it, the entire school had an energy that I don’t think anyone could explain. For the first time for me, SHS felt like a real community of people who cared about each other.”

And the tradition Hello continues even after he’s left SHS. Knudson, who is in remission, is a student at the University of Illinois and is studying to become a doctor. He also was at this year’s event, and humbly stood up in the crowd when introduced during the assembly.

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Student Lauren De Carlo gets her head shaved during the pep assembly.

The event, which brought the cheap jerseys entire community together for one cause, kept everyone’s spirits high. One student, freshman and participant Amber Frost, said she did it for all the cheap nfl jerseys people wholesale mlb jerseys who are fighting cancer through her church.

“I thought it was a really great idea to help the kids out with my hair. I’m not doing anything with it, and mine will grow back, but theirs won’t. I feel pretty awesome right now, and the breeze feels nice, too,” she laughed.

Although this year’s successful event is over, participants continue to look toward the future.

“I wanted to do it in my grandpa’s honor, and the honor of all the children in the world,” said senior and St. Baldrick’s participant gesundes Ben Brito after shaving his head. “For all the children out there, I hope you are doing well and that you are fighting. Keep fighting and never give up, let’s beat cancer together.”

For more information on the St. Baldrick’s organization, click here.