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Going bald in Cazenovia

St. Baldrick’s head shaving event coming in March; more than $5K already raised

Nathaniel Henry, 6, a student at Burton Street Elementary School, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March 2012 and is currently undergoing treatment. He will be the guest of honor at the March 16 Cazenovia event.

Nathaniel Henry, 6, a student at Burton Street Elementary School, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March 2012 and is currently undergoing treatment. He will be the guest of honor at the March 16 Cazenovia event.

— Vickers is not the only district administrator or employee to participate in the event. Also getting shaved is high school Principal Eric Schnabl; teachers Christie Brenneck, Joshua Smith, John Dermody and Beth Ryan; and coach Brian Ellithorpe.

Also participating in the event — shaving her head as well as raising funds — is Cazenovia Board of Education Member Jan Woodworth. This will be her second time doing a St. Baldrick’s event, and she hopes to raise at least $1,000. She already has raised $320.

“Participation in a St. Baldrick's event is an awesome experience. You are not only raising money to fund research to help find a cure for childhood cancers, but by shaving your head you are providing a visual to bring awareness to the need for more research money to be raised,” Woodworth said. “Many people don't understand the purpose of the head shaving. I see it as an experience with three purposes: It is an act of solidarity with the children who have cancer and lose their hair; it is a way to identify with those children by at least experiencing a very small part of what they experience; and probably most importantly, it allows the conversation about childhood cancer and the need for research money to continue. For months after shaving, people question why my head was shaved — that is a great opening for a discussion.”

The biggest fundraiser at the moment is Cazenovia High School senior Amara Kattrein, who has so far raised $1,015 in just over one week.

“I lost both grandmothers in the past year to cancer. I feel it’s a great cause, anything I can do to help,” Kattrein said. “I was actually really surprised to reach $1,000 as fast as I did. I really appreciate it; I didn’t think it would be so quick. I have really long hair, it’s going to be interesting to see it all off.”

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