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New Hope and Solebury come together to fight pediatric cancer…by going bald

st. baldrickThe New Hope-Solebury community has seen too many cases of pediatric cancer in recent years, and it’s fighting back. On March 12, people of all ages and walks of life from New Hope and Solebury will come together for a unique event to raise awareness and money – and have a great time together.

They’re going to do it by shaving their heads. And a whole lot more.

St. Baldrick’s is a charity that raises money for pediatric cancer research through head-shaving events across the country. The organization raises more money for pediatric cancer research than anyone but the federal government, and 78 percent of all funds received go directly to research.

St. Baldrick’s “shavees” raise money from friends, family and coworkers – and then they sit down in front of a volunteer stylist and have their heads shaved.

New Hope and Solebury are teaming up with St. Baldrick’s again this year because it’s personal: Over the past few years four of their kids have been diagnosed with various forms of cancer, and two of them have tragically succumbed to their disease (Ethan in 2011, and Robert in 2013). Kids have lost peers, siblings, and friends.

So to celebrate their memories – and to fight to save kids’ lives – New Hope and Solebury are making this year’s head-shaving event into a true community gathering. Not everyone wants to shave their heads, but everyone wants to get involved, so there will also be music, food, shopping vendors, educational tables and other activities for folks not getting scalped.

It all takes place on Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Hope-Solebury Upper Elementary School, 180 West Bridge St.

You can find out more on the Facebook event page, or by checking out the St. Balrick’s event page, or by contacting Laurie Palau.

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