TORONTO - According to the Toronto shave-off organizer Matthew Lewis, this year's St. Baldrick's Shave-off once again will be held in conjunction with the 2014 Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick's Run-Bike-Walk and Kids 1K Run slated for Saturday.
St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest organization in the U.S. devoted to childhood cancer research for a cure and for less toxic treatments, has funded, through grants and donations of more than $103 million worth of research for new treatments and cures over the years, according to officials.
Fundraisers known as "shave-offs" are held nationwide in an attempt to raise awareness of childhood cancer through sponsorship of "shavees."
ST. PATRICK’S FOR ST. BALDRICK’S — Sherry Lewis, owner of Image’s Styling Salon in Toronto, completes the finishing touches to Matthew Lewis’ freshly dyed hair in preparation for Saturday’s St. Baldrick’s Shave-off to benefit childhood cancer research. Lewis, the organizer of the shave-off, also will participate in the event as a shavee. -- Contributed
The shave-off will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday inside the TEMS garage at the corner of south Fourth and Henry streets.
A gift basket, containing $850 in professional haircare and salon products donated by Judy Lewis of Cut 1 Salon at Images Styling Salon in Toronto will be part of drawing, with one ticket costing $1, seven tickets for $5 and 14 tickets for $10.
Anyone wishing to participate as a shavee can have their head shaved for a $25 donation. Those who personally donate $50 to have their head shaved will receive a St. Baldrick's Foundation T-shirt.
To make a donation or register online go to www.stbaldricks.org and follow the prompts at the top of the page. Registration also will take place at the event.
The 2013 St. Baldrick's Shave-off raised $7,400 for children's cancer research, officials said.