Shaving your head for a cause

AURORA - Emily Singer says's she always been someone who loves helping people.

Singer proved that over the weekend.

She had all the hair on her head shaved off.

"I've wanted to participate in a St. Baldrick's event, since one of our family friends was a shavee several years ago. I've been to events and they're a lot of fun to just watch."

The St. Baldrick's Foundation raises money for research into childhood cancers by shaving the heads of donors. A lot of the events happen around St. Patrick's Day but some take place at different times of the year.

Since the first event in 2000, the St. Baldrick's Foundation has funded $127 million in grants into research into pediatric cancers.

There was no recognized saint in the Catholic Church named St. Baldrick. The name of this foundation is more of a wordplay. The foundation recognizes the courage of all children who lose their hair in medical treatments to stop their cancers.

As a shavee, Singer raised more money than she anticipated.

"We've raised $1,114 so far," Singer said. "I was so stunned when I saw it, and so grateful to everyone for their support. That's a lot of money!"

Singer also raises awareness to early detection through her job at Catch It In Time. It is a video production company that promotes cancer prevention and early-detection through inspirational stories. The goal of CIIT is to encourage people to be proactive about their health.

Over the last year, Singer got to know a boy named Eli who battled brain cancer. He is alive today because of critical research taking place at Children's Hospital Colorado.

"Working with Eli and his family for the video definitely helped solidify my desire to be a St. Baldrick's shavee. If I can help even one kid going through cancer, even indirectly, I'll be happy. Plus, pediatric cancer is one of the most severely underfunded demographics in cancer research right now (along with teens and young adults, which is my demographic) so it's really true that every dollar helps.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation website states 1 in 300 boys will be diagnosed with cancer before they turn 20 years old. The statistics for girls: 1 in 333.

To find head shaving event that benefits St. Baldrick's Foundation:

To learn more about Singer's cancer awareness work at Catch It In Time:


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