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Hair shaving to take place Friday at Prospector Hotel

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011

The hair will be flying Friday in the name of cancer treatment, as the St. Baldrick’s Foundation will be shaving heads at the Prospector Hotel in downtown to raise money for cancer research for children.

This volunteer organization serves a two-fold purpose. One is to generate funds for various research programs, fellowships and hospitals that go toward childhood cancer research. The other part is to show solidarity with patients who have lost their own hair to cancer.

The event starts at 5 p.m. at T.K. Maguire’s in the hotel and the shaving starts at 6 p.m. People can pledge money for themselves or other teams going under the clippers. Donors can pledge money online at www.stbaldricks.org or do so at the event.

Erik Goldsberry of Capital City Fire and Rescue, which is putting on the event, said there are 60 people in town already signed up to go bald. He said the response has been positive, showing a sense of fun as well as support.

“This is one way to show support for kids losing their hair,” he said. “This is not for specific case. It’s for everyone. It’s not political.”

“Shavees” include people of all ages and both genders. “We have 11 women who are going to leave this place bald and you can’t believe what a statement that is,” Goldsberry said.

There are seven teams registered so far, representing volunteers from the firefighter academy, local firefighter union, REACH, T.K. Maguire’s, Pavitt Health & Fitness, Lemon Creek Correction Center and even the Alaska State Legislature. Participants at the door can act on their own, form their own teams or pledge for any of these.

These teams raised at least $14,680 of the $25,000 goal by Wednesday. The top participant was Rep. Charisse Millett. The Anchorage Republican raised almost $3,000 at that time and has a personal goal of bringing in $5,000.

Millett said her team, comprised entirely of state representatives, is happy to go back to the Legislature bald on Monday to help support cancer patients.

“It all makes perfect sense for me to be part of this,” she said, noting that everyone is close to or knows someone affected by cancer. “We’re all not six degrees of separation. It’s just one degree.” Millett herself has survived cancer. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor and her father died from lung cancer.

Once there, Millett will be donating her hair to Locks of Love before shaving it off completely. She and others are even bringing family members to join in.

The other top participant is Roy Johnston, president of International Association of Firefighters Local 4303, who raised $1,690.

People can pledge in other ways than through the clippers. The restaurant’s manager, Jessica Meacham, said proceeds from wine donated by K&L Distributors, keg beer from Alaskan Brewing plus special appetizers will go straight to the charity. Goldsberry said there will be a silent auction as well.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.



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