On Saturday, April 14 starting at noon, Kings Bowl Franklin will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event to raise funds and awareness for lifesaving childhood cancer research. With a goal of raising $30,000, 20 local volunteers will go bald to support the Foundation’s mission to take childhood back from cancer. Among the shavees are Kevin O’Bryant and Hannah Marcom.
Kevin was inspired by his mom to participate in the Kings Dining & Entertainment Cool Springs – Franklin St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event, when she was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago. Kevin wanted to do something for her to show his support – he even wanted to shave his head when she started to lose her hair. After speaking with his mom about his decision to shave his hair, his mom suggested he find an organization that supports cancer research, specifically one that helps kids. That’s when Kevin found the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and in 2016 he participated in his first St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event. Later that year in September, his mother passed away. Since then, Kevin has continued to participate in St. Baldrick’s events.
Another participant on Saturday is Hannah, a 10-year breast cancer survivor and is hoping to help raise awareness and funds for the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
Four barbers will be volunteering their time to help shave heads on Saturday from local Sport Clips Haircuts salon, a St. Baldrick’s national partner.
The event will take place a day before National Volunteer Week begins, a weeklong celebration of people doing extradoinary things through service. As a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising childhood cancer research, St. Baldrick’s is spending the week recognizing and thanking their volunteers.
One in five children diagnosed with cancer will not survive. Those who do survive often suffer long-term effects from treatment too harsh for their developing bodies. As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick’s Foundation is leading the charge to take childhood back from cancer. Donations raised at events like this support the development of childhood cancer treatments that give kids their best chance at growing up cancer free.
Kings Bowl is located at 1910 Galleria Boulevard, Franklin. For more information, visit the event page here.