continued 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.”