Tony Velo had been doing chemotherapy for a majority of his childhood, but never lost his hair. Now a childhood cancer survivor, Tony wanted to give back to those who are in the same position. He joined up with St Baldrick’s Foundation and has been raising money for funding childhood cancer research for the past few years.
St Baldrick’s Foundation has raised more than four million dollars for childhood cancer research through their “head-shaving events”. Each year hundreds of people step up to raise money through fundraising, then at the event, they shave their heads in show of support for those fighting cancer.
Tony Velo has been coloring his hair different colors to draw more attention to the Foundation and it has worked. The Atlanta branch of the St Baldrick’s Foundation has been growing, with more local events popping up each year. All funds raised during the event goes to researching childhood cancer and the demand for participants is high. St Baldrick’s is always looking for volunteers, licensed cosmetologists, and for men, women, and children willing to shave their heads for their cause.
St Baldrick’s is a national organization with events all over the United States, with 14 events being held in Georgia throughout March. So far, all 14 events have raised a combined total of $204,599.97. For more information on the St Baldrick’s Foundation, local events, and how to volunteer or donate visit the website at www.stbaldricks.org .