When Jenn Case, owner of Chaos Studio Salon in Mount Clemens, was approached about her business participating in the upcoming Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer event put on by St. Baldrick’s Foundation, she immediately said “yes.”
“When my guest told me about it, I immediately knew it was something we had to be a part of,” said Case. “This charity is super close to our hearts because of what we do every day. We are the ones who shave our guests’ heads when they begin chemotherapy, and we see the battle they endure from the beginning. We have had several guests pass away – as well as their family members – from various cancers and feel like it’s our duty to be more involved in helping to find a cure for this terrible disease. When cancer affects children, as moms ourselves, we can’t help but want to help even more in any way we can. No child should ever have to feel alone in their fight against cancer.”
According to Michael Fiscus (pictured above), volunteer event organizer for Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
On March 11, St. Baldrick’s is again coming to the Village of Romeo. Main Street will be shut down, and a massive tent will be put up to house the main stage. There will be live music, kids’ activities, fun for the whole family and, of course, plenty of shaving.
Currently, St. Baldrick’s is looking for 100 new volunteers to brave the shave in 2017.
Case and seven of her staff will be there.
“I got Team Chaos on board, and we decided to take a Saturday off and volunteer in any way we could,” she said. “As stylists, Saturdays are our biggest day, but we couldn’t help but feel like this was something that would make a difference for children with cancer worldwide.”
Case is right.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any other organization. Since the foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $154 million to support the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world. In the course of the last nine years, St. Baldrick’s has raised a cumulative total of more than $2 million, with every penny of every donation going directly to the foundation.
In Romeo last year, St. Baldrick’s raised over $305,432, shaving more than 300 heroes, ranking as the largest fundraiser for childhood cancer research in Michigan. More than 5,000 people came out for the event.
“Anyone can register as a volunteer or a shavee to help the cause,” said Case. “Our team goal is to raise $1,000, and whoever we can get as shavees will be above and beyond our goal amount! Several of our husbands will be getting their heads shaved that day as well!”
Sarah (Cormier) Davis works for the Macomb County Executive Office as a communications specialist.