Head-shaving event raises money for cancer

GREEN BAY – Bald is beautiful. But for the hundreds gathered in a tent in the St. Brendan’s Inn parking lot, they aren’t losing their hair – they’re shaving it off.

The razors are out to raise thousands of dollars for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

“It’s for a good cause for people with cancer, and I think it’s a good idea,” said participant Matthew Brey of Green Bay.

Brey raised $1,025 with the help of his family. And some of his money will go toward childhood cancer research in Green Bay.

This year, more than 200 people are participating in the event and men aren’t the only ones shaving their heads. Women, like Mary Krauss of Green Bay, are also going bald.

“My cousin Conner is 10 years old and he was diagnosed with leukemia this past fall,” said Krauss. “He’s in remission now, but I’ve been wanting to do this the past few years. I got married and timing just didn’t work, but I was able to do it this year in honor of him.”

For some, shaving their heads has become a tradition.

“This is my fourth time. This is the best thing that I can do. My hair will grow back,” said Leanne Wolter of Green Bay.

This year the Steinhorst family of Ashwaubenon was honored. Tara Steinhorst’s 4-year-old son Colton died of cancer six months ago.

“Last year we were here and Colton was shaving heads. So that was really awesome for them to really remember Colton and his spirit,” said Tara Steinhorst.

Organizers say the head-shaving event gets bigger every year and they’re grateful for those who continue to support childhood cancer research.

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