SPS Students, Staff & More to “Shave This Head”

LL Cool J. Bruce Willis. Michael Jordan. Mr. Clean. Lex Luthor. Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise. Several students, faculty and at least one school board member from Springfield Public Schools.

What do they all have in common?

By noon Saturday, they’ll all be completely bald.

Springfield Public Schools Health Sciences Academy is hosting a major fundraiser for cancer awareness and research Saturday called “Shave This Head”, where students, staff and community members will be having their heads shaved to promote the cause.

The event will take place at Mercy Hospital Saturday April 27th from 9 a.m. to noon in the Mercy Kids parking lot, on the south side of the building near Cherokee Street. There will be games for kids, entertainment and a silent auction.

The headlining event, however, will be when the hair starts to fly.

“I want to show my support to not only my family, but all the other people who have had cancer in my community,” Ross Douglas, a student who has pledged to shave his head, said in a press release.

“I’ve had a lot of connections with cancer and I’ve had two people in my family die from cancer,” added fellow student Alex Pepe. “I want to show the cancer community that it doesn’t matter what you look like–you can just be yourself.”

Students have been planning and raising money for the event since early March as part of a study on non-communicable diseases. They have a goal of raising $7,000 to purchase supplies and materials needed by the Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center.

In addition to the students, former School board president and board member Gerry Lee will be having his head shaved.

“Unfortunately, I have several family members and close friends who lost their battle to cancer. Seeing the significant change in lifestyles has had a lasting impact on my view of how devastating the illness can be,” Lee said in a statement. “Shaving my head is an extremely small sacrifice on my part that will hopefully shine a bright light on the support these patients need. I dare say that virtually everyone knows someone that is dealing with cancer.”

Community members include Dr. Rob Cavagnol, the President of Mercy Clinics.

People will also be able to get regular haircuts for a donation. There will be an art exhibit, music and booths from various local non-profit organizations and businesses.

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