st baldrick's foundation logo By: Natalie Van Hoozer

The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to fighting childhood cancer, is hosting “Brave the Shave” events in 2015 to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. But what is the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and what is “Brave the Shave?”

St. Baldrick’s is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to fund pediatric cancer research. Specifically, they fund clinical cancer treatment trials, collaboration between cancer researchers, education and training for more pediatric oncologists, and supportive care research (which deals with side effects of cancer treatment, psychosocial impacts of cancer treatment, and much more).

In conjunction with this nation-wide organization, NNCCF is hosting two “Brave the Shave” events in the Northern Nevada area.

NNCCF’s “Brave the Shave” is a hair-shaving fundraiser whose proceeds go towards St. Baldrick’s pediatric cancer research efforts. NNCCF has raised more than $1.2 million and shaved more than 1,800 heads at these “Brave the Shave” events. Those who shave their heads at this event, called “shavees,” raise money, get pledges from community members, and stand in solidarity with children fighting cancer, many of whom lose their hair as a result of their cancer treatment.

The first “Brave the Shave” is taking place at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on February 27, 2015, 6:30-9:00 PM. The second event is happening at the Reno Livestock Center Exhibit Hall on March 20, 2015, 6:00-9:00 PM. People who attend the event can be shaves, volunteers, or come to watch and give support.

Donating to St. Baldrick’s is possible here.

More information about NNCCF’s involvement with St. Baldrick’s and the upcoming events is available here.