LHS Braves the Shave

LHS Student Ella Chanter gets her head shaved at the St. Baldricks event.

LHS Student Ella Chanter gets her head shaved at the St. Baldrick’s event.

Emma Yonkers

Last week, LHS really showed their true support for childhood cancer by “braving the shave”–participating in its first annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving event. With the help of Lakewood High’s own Student Council, the event was organized and set for March 14th.

Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. More children die of childhood cancer than any other disease. The purpose of the St. Baldrick’s shaving event is to bring about awareness of this horrible disease as well as raise money for research that will help those living with it. St. Baldrick’s is 100% volunteer-run and dedicated to making a positive change in the lives of others.

Lakewood’s original fundraising goal was set at $5,000– but the amount raised totaled more than double that goal by the time the event had arrived. A snow day was called on the scheduled day of the event due to inclement weather conditions, forcing a two-day delay for the shave fest.

This small dose of extra time is likely what helped Lakewood to more than double their goal– raising $12,111 in funds and recruiting nearly 30 people including LHS students and staff to participate in shaving their heads. Volunteer hair stylists took time out of their day to come and help with this event.

The students and staff at Lakewood High School should be extremely proud of their efforts and contribution to such a worthy cause. “Braving the shave” isn’t an easy thing to do, but the LHS community showed amazing courage and proved that anything is possible.