St. Baldrick's raises more than $50,000

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By Richard RoBards



They shed their locks to raise money and keep the memory of those who have lost their lives to cancer alive.

Taylor County’s annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser was Saturday.

Organizer Donna Wise said more than $50,000 was raised, when including money collected from pledges on Saturday, a Color to Conquer 5k run and walk two weekends ago, along with several auctions.

In six years, the Taylor County community has raised nearly $280,000 to fight pediatric cancer.

Wise said this year’s goal was to raise enough to reach the $250,000 mark.

Eleven barbers donated their time on Saturday to shave 64 people. Shavees collected pledges to go bald.

Many Taylor County residents and Campbellsville University students participated, including many student athletes.

“When you look at the involvement with our sports teams in last week’s Color to Conquer event, and then Saturday’s Shaving for a Cure, we have increased our student involvement,” Wise said.

Wise is chair of St. Baldrick’s and Color to Conquer and is also chair of the CU Department for Human Performance. She is grandmother to the first poster child of a Taylor County’s St. Baldrick’s event, Carter Wise. In 2007, Carter was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. He, along with other community children who have and are battling cancer, are recognized each year at St. Baldrick’s.

Morgan Wilson, a CU soccer player from Campbellsville, shed her locks on Saturday.

“My grandfather was diagnosed with cancer in January and he passed away three weeks ago, so that played a huge part in it for me,” Wilson said.

Dylan Ford of Campbellsville, a member of the CU cross country team, also shaved.

“The cross country team wanted to work on team bonding to give us a stronger base, and we thought the best way would be to give back to the community,” Ford said.

“So we got some donations for this event and we knew that it would go to a great cause. Also, all of us knew someone that has cancer.”

CU football Coach Perry Thomas has been a shavee for four years. He had members of his church, Pleasant Union Baptist, come on Saturday to witness his new-found baldness.

“I think it’s important for us as coaches and leaders to demonstrate service and actively participate in service if we expect our teams to be servant leaders,” Thomas said. “It was great to see my church members and Pastor Michael Caldwell who walked in and shaved, too. We need more African American community participation in these activities because we’re all affected by cancer.”

For more information, or to donate to St. Baldrick’s, visit www.stbaldricks.org and search for Campbellsville.