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Heads shaved for a good cause at St. Baldrick's event – Mansfield News Journal

The annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event to raise money for pediatric cancer research took place Saturday at the Phoenix Brewing Company.
Due to COVID-19 and missing last years’ event and changing time of year and location, the volunteer base is extremely down this year.
In past years, the event was held at Legends Sports Grill & Pub, 63 W. Main St., Shelby.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a leading volunteer-driven organization raising money in support of research to stamp out pediatric cancer.
Judy Caporini and Pam Alt have organized the event since 2007. Pam Alt’s son,  Brandon Alt, of Lexington was 4 years old when he died of cancer in 2001.
Shea-Ann Murphy said she wanted to give back even if it was only by having her head shaved.
“I’ve known a lot of people who have had cancer and it’s just very close to my heart, so anything I can do to help and inspire other people or children (is why she had her head shaved),” she said.
Her friend, Amy Sampel, who she’s known since grade school, also had her head shaved.
“I’m able to do something so little as giving my hair and it will always grow back so I can it again and again and I feel like it will give some little kid happiness,” Sampel said.
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Gavin Lamb, 12, a seventh-grader at Shelby Middle School, said he was due for a haircut as Blake shaved off his full head of brown hair. He collected pledges and raised almost $1,500, his family members said.
He has participated in the event for six years, even last year virtually, his grandmother, Caporini, said.
He said his head was getting cold as the stylist used her clippers to cut away his locks, making the crowd laugh.
“I’m so proud of you,” his grandmother told him from the microphone.
Dylan Wade, Blake’s son, a barber from Brennan’s Barbershop downtown, also shaved a few heads under the outdoor tent to a crowd of onlookers who cheered and applauded for each brave soul.
Fred Beeching of Shelby came Saturday to have his head shaved for the 16th time.
Why does he do it?
“For the children,” he said as the barber sheared away.
Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has granted more than $305 million to support the development of childhood cancer treatments that are as unique as each child, according to the organization. When a person donates to St. Baldrick’s, they don’t just donate to one institution, but give to more than 379 institutions that are treating kids with cancer across the United States and beyond.
The research St. Baldrick’s funds to support has the potential to impact every kid diagnosed with cancer, according to the organization’s publicity information.
Organizers said they wished to thank the Phoenix for allowing them to hold the event at their business.
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