St. Baldrick's at CHE
Lazlo brought St. Baldrick's Day to CHE this year after Bourcy participated last year.
"It seemed like such a great idea," Lazlo said. "Todd had done it last year, and I was a friend of Father [Joseph] Champlin's [a local priest and author who passed away from cancer in January]. It seemed like a great way to raise awareness and to raise money."
So on Friday March 7, in celebration of St. Baldrick's Day, the six men gathered to have their heads shaved by local stylist Marny Baker, who fired up her electric razor while the entire student population chanted, "Shave that head!"
But Baker didn't shave all of the heads -- Lazlo invited a former student to do the honors for him.
"I taught Matt Mulcahy when he was at Soule Road Middle," Lazlo said. "So I e-mailed him and asked if he wanted a chance to get back at me for everything I put him through when he was in seventh grade by shaving my head. He was only too happy to do so."
Not everyone was so happy to see the "shavees" go bald -- several female staffers, Lazlo said, offered money to Dennis to keep his lovely shoulder-length locks.
But Dennis was undeterred.
"I've been growing my hair for six or seven years," he said. "But I was a competitive swimmer, so I used to shave it. This seemed like a really good reason to do it again."
Dennis said this was a great idea for a fundraiser.
"It's so easy," he said. "I just sit there and someone cuts off my hair. I don't have to do anything, and we raised so much money."
Ending childhood cancer
As Lazlo's connection to Father Champlin proves, most people know someone who has been touched by cancer, another important reason to bring St. Baldrick's Day to CHE.