Every year, people around the country shave their heads in honor of kids that have no choice in going bald. One community is rallying support and raising money.
It’s been a long year of growing long locks. Payton Rowe, 11, says, “I’ve been dying to cut it.”
And the full head of hair isn’t for looks. He says, “I heard a bunch of my friends talking about it, and I just thought it would be nice to do it.”
Every March, volunteers shave their heads in Bondurant. Money raised goes the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The national group funds research to find a cure for childhood cancer.
Rowe convinced his two brothers, a few friends and even his 14-month old cousin to team up to shave off all their hair. His aunt Mindy Brincks says, “The support they’re doing for children out there who don’t have a choice to lose their hair and their daily struggles that they go through.”
About 8 or 9 kids are on Team Jacob, and they’re shaving their heads in honor of a boy they’ve never met. Devin Sires says, “My son Jacob was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma December 16th.”
Sires noticed a lump on his son’s back the day after Thanksgiving. After many tests Jacob started treatment the day after Christmas to fight the rare disease. Sires says, “It’s normally related to the bones, normally found there. It’s very aggressive in kids and they treat it very aggressively.”
Jacob has at least six more months of treatment. His dad says Jacob doesn’t like all the attention cancer has brought him. But, his son appreciates the support, especially from kids he doesn’t even know shaving their heads in solidarity. Sires tells the group, “It’s pretty awesome you guys are doing this for children’s cancer.”
The head shaving event is April 5th at Founders Irish Pub in Bondurant. So far, teams have raised more than $11,000. The Lohse Family Foundation will match donations up to $50,000. The family won more than $200 million Powerball jackpot a couple years ago.