Sophomore Ella Chanter's turn to have her locks shaved.
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The students and staff of Lakewood High can hold their bald heads proud as they raised more than $12,000 for pediatric cancer research and St. Baldrick's Foundation at the school's LHS Braves the Shave event March 16. About 30 students, teachers and other District employees and community members shaved their heads for the cause.
The event's original goal was $5,000 but the organizers soon realized that donations were coming in quickly and more people were signing up to be a shavee so they continued to bump up the goal. A two-day delay of the event due to a snow day helped boost the donations even more so that come shave day, $12,000 was the new target.
Said co-organizer and teacher Scott Stelter: "I would like to again thank everyone who has shown support in some way. We are truly fortunate to work in such a caring, loving, and considerate environment and community. Mr. (Dennis) Wondrak and I are in awe of how this school has come together to take on childhood cancers so strongly."
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.