BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Dozens of people cut their hair on Sundays or shave their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Pat Schrager organizes the annual St. Baldrick's Foundation event at the 84th Street Pub & Grille in Byron Township, just south of Grand Rapids.
"We participated in the fact that a friend of our daughter had leukemia at the age of 5," said Schrager.
She won her fight and is now 23.
"When we moved back to West Michigan, there was no event, so we started one," he said.
The first local event was held in 201
"So, three guys got together … to raise money and raise awareness about childhood cancer research, and they wanted to raise $ 17,000 on St. Patrick's Day in 2000," said Shrager. 19659002] You had the idea to auction shaves. Volunteers agree to give up their hair and donors for each cut.
Steven Strauss was one of the first to shave his head for the cause.
"It's just fun," he said. "In New York City, it started shaving in bars like this one, but then we realized the implications it set off."
Since then, the organization has raised millions of dollars for childhood cancer research.
Helen Researcher The DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids said they were grateful for the money they spent looking at new treatments and introducing them to patients.
"In 1978, childhood cancer was a death sentence," said Schrager. "Today four out of five are saved, and hopefully it will get better and better."
The shaved heads also make people talk.
"This is the big marketing advantage of this thing, people say," What happened? ? & # 39; And you talk about it and then you start thinking about it, "Strauss said.
Last year, the event brought together nearly $ 115,000 in St. Baldrick, and the organizers hoped to beat this year for $ 120,000 to collect.