Bald is beautiful: Event raises money for cancer research

An annual head shaving event raised more than $50,000 to help fund research to cure childhood cancers.

More than 100 people — including men, women and children — participated in the latest St. Baldrick’s and Community Hospital event at Charlie Dwellington’s in Grand Junction. More than 400 people attended the event.

Participants had their heads shaved in solidarity with children and young adults fighting cancer while raising donations to fund the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and childhood cancer research as well as awareness of the need for increased funding to seek cures for childhood cancers.

A total of $53,400 in funds has been raised so far, with additional donations and corporate matches still pending. Individual participants will continue raising funds through Oct. 31, when donations for the 2018 event will close.

Community Hospital, the title sponsor of the event, fielded the largest and most successful fund-raising team. The Community Crusaders and Mason’s Minions have raised more than $12,000.  The top individual fund-raiser, a member of the 50 and Fabulous Team, raised more than $2,300.

The event also included stories from local cancer patients and their families as well as a silent auction and drawings. The event also displayed for the first time on the Western Slope a new childhood cancer awareness specialized Colorado license plate. The license soon plate will be available for sale,  and proceeds will generate additional funding for childhood cancer organizations in the state.

For more information about the St. Baldrick’s fund-raising event in Grand Junction, visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/GJ2018/.