Tuesday Mar 16 2010
Schools join in the head-shaving act
By: Megan Wood The Press Tribune
Heritage Oak, Excelsior raise money for St. Baldrick's
Keep your eyes peeled for chrome domes. The Galleria wasn’t the only spot in Roseville where buzz-cuts and baldies celebrated St. Baldrick’s and raised funds for cancer research. On Thursday, Gabe Simon, principal of Heritage Oak Elementary School in Roseville allowed third grader Sadie Leber to wield the clippers and take the first swipe against his coif. Eight-year-old Sadie has been battling neuroblastoma, cancer that attacks the nervous system, since 2007 and is currently undergoing treatment. Simon challenged the school to raise $750 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and said in return, he’d be the one to go bald during a school wide assembly. Sadie’s dad, Todd Leber also volunteered to have his head shaved in front of the school. Across town at Excelsior Elementary School, more than 40 students, parents and teachers gathered in the gym Tuesday night to shave their heads in support of cancer research. The 48-student team pledged to raise more than $18,000 that will go toward childhood cancer research at the UC Davis Children’s hospital and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation or for information on childhood cancer research visit stbaldricks.org .