As the annual St. Baldrick’s head shavings were about to commence, the sky darkened and the rain came down. Quickly moving indoors, the shaving of 19 heads for a cause was no less enthusiastic. Over the past 5 years, Mike Assaf has led this worthwhile fundraiser for children with cancer. In total, the event has raised in excess of $50,000 over the past five years. This year, Assaf expects the fundraiser to yield over $10,000. Participants, young and old, male and female, came from as far as Ft Myers. Russ’ Barber Shop has performed the shavings for the past five years which is held at Cathy O’Clarke’s.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation raised over $28,000,000 in 2011 and expects to eclipse that amount this year. The majority of the funds raised go to grants for cancer research; in 2011 $21,000,000 in grants were dispensed. Anyone wishing to help can make a donation at www.stBaldricks.org/participants/EdDalessandro.