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Strand Notebook | Brave the Shave event raises money for cancer research

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. On the 26th, adults and children can have fun while raising awareness of childhood cancers and raising funds for the fight against them.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization committed to funding research to conquer childhood cancer, is hosting a head shaving event from noon until 3 p.m. at the Surfside Beach Moose Lodge at 9763 Moose Road in Murrells Inlet.

Lillian Carney and Wendy Morgan, both of Myrtle Beach, joined to voluntarily co-host the Brave the Shave fundraiser. Professional hair stylists will be shaving the heads of volunteers, including Carney.

In addition to the head shaving, there will be face-painting, a raffle and silent auction, a photo booth, performances by the Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band, and much more.

For years, St. Baldrick’s fundraisers have been held in other parts of the U.S. and in countries around the world, but this will be its first event in the Grand Strand area.

The press release reads, “St. Baldrick’s coordinates its signature head shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than 154 million dollars to support lifesaving research, making the foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants.

“St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries.”

Several children who are battling cancer will be honored at the local event. Carney said they can’t be certain which children will be able to attend, since that will depend on their health that day.

Austin Owens, 9, of Conway; Fallon Emory, 12, of Carolina Forest; Tyler Potter, 17, of Winnabow, N.C.; and Ayven Lennon, 5, of Bladenboro, N.C., are among those who will be honored at the Murrells Inlet event.

According to information provided by Morgan, every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer and one in five will not survive.

“With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding solely dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease.”

Morgan said that all proceeds from the head shaving and other activities on Sept. 26 will go to St. Baldrick’s.

Parents or guardians of children who have cancer can sign them up to be honored at St. Baldrick’s events on the foundation’s website or by contacting event organizers.

You can volunteer, donate and learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at www.stbaldricks.org. Contact Morgan at 843-655-5788 or Carney at 843-902-7095.

Peggy Mishoe, pegmish@sccoast.net, 843-365-3885.

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