Advantage News | Fred Pollard
MCHS Catholic High School student Gabriel Brenner, having his head shaved.
ALTON - For the third time, Marquette Catholic High School is working with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation out of “shear” kindness.
Before a packed auditorium on Friday, five representatives from Salon 67 and two representatives from Identity Salon, both in St. Louis, and one stylist from Marcie and Company in Wood River shaved the heads of approximately 25 students and faculty from MCHS.
The event is raising money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven national organization committed to raising funds for childhood cancer research.
“This is something we are very proud to be a part of,” event organizer Beth DeCourcey said.
MCHS cafeteria worker and custodian Mary Donahue is the parent of two MCHS students as well as being an alumna of the school. Donahue is donating her hair to both St. Baldrick’s, as well as Locks of Love, and has raised more than $1,200 for cancer research.
“I can’t be upset about losing my hair,” she said. “A friend of mine who has cancer did not have a choice about losing hers. She is the one who deserves the attention.”
J.C. Carlisle, a sixth-grade student at St. Mary’s Catholic School, was the youngest victim of Friday’s cutting crew.
“I was inspired by my sister to shave my head for charity,” he said. “I also did this in fourth grade.”