At the 10th annual "St. Baldrick's" event on Saturday March 9, expect to see a lot of hair flying.
Barbers from all over St. Louis will shave the heads of over 400 men, women and children. These head-shavees have already raised $370,000 this year for childhood cancer research, says event spokesperson Tracy Stamper.
The money collected will go directly to fund cancer research at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital.
The event takes place between 11:30am and 8pm at Helen Fitzgerald's Irish Grill and Pub at 3650 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Sunset Hills. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
While groups of head shavees go onto a stage at a specified time, crowds of friends, family, doctors, nurses, children and others watch and cheer the baldies on.
Everyone is welcome to come and cheer on the head-shaving heroes, donate money, or purchase items such as baseball tickets, hockey tickets, and other goodies at the silent auction.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation raises money and awareness globally for childhood cancer research through volunteer-driven events. At these events, participants shave their heads in front of cheering supporters to experience themselves one of the most stigmatizing and emotionally devastating public aspects of cancer - losing one's hair from chemotherapy treatment.