Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation
3550 Barron Way #9a • Reno, Nevada 89511
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Shave for the Brave – Why we shave and how you can help.

Shavee kissing another participant's shaved headThe Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation supports finding a cure for childhood cancer and has helped fundraise for research by hosting its Shave for the Brave event each year in March. This year, NNCCF is striving to make the 17th Annual Shave for the Brave event the best one yet!

Shave for the Brave is a family-friendly event, and supporters are encouraged to watch the spectacle of 200 heads shaved on the grand stage at the Reno Ballroom. To participate, register as a shavee and start fundraising, or join us to cheer on our fundraising teams at the event on March 4th!

Since 2006, NNCCF has shaved more than 4,000 local heads and raised $3 million for childhood cancer research. NNCCF is not a research organization, but its mission includes advocating for increased research funds for childhood cancer. Hosting the annual Shave for the Brave event helps NNCCF support pediatric cancer research and the overall search for a cure. NNCCF partnered with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation because it is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research.

Why is fundraising for NNCCF’s Shave for the Brave event important?
Here are some facts that you should know:
Shave for the Brave 2020 Statistics:

NNCCF’s Shave for the Brave 2021 event in Reno raised $116,723 for childhood cancer research. 114 people shaved their heads from home during the virtual event held on zoom.

The community’s support is needed to help reach new 2021 goals. Each team will be fundraising to support childhood cancer research. Many teams honor a child that has been affected by cancer, and your donation will help recognize those children and their journey with cancer.

Here’s how the Shave for the Brave event works:

“Barbers” are certified cosmetologists who volunteer each year for the event and shave the participant’s head with clippers. “Shavees” can raise money by collecting pledges from family, friends, and members of the community to support childhood cancer research. The participants can pre-register online where there’s an opportunity to sign up as an individual or join a team. The Shave for the Brave fundraising platform is easy to use and individualized pages for each Shavee can be shared easily with friends and family.

Teams and participants can sign up here!

All donations will go directly to the St. Baldrick’s general foundation fund.

The fundraising goal for the 2022 Shave for the Brave event is $100,000, with your help, this is possible. Please donate to support childhood cancer research here. The Shave for the Brave fundraising event is your chance support childhood cancer research and local children affected in northern Nevada. In the first sixteen years of Shave for the Brave, our northern Nevada community has raised over $3,000,000 to support critical research for a cure and improved treatment for pediatric cancer, but we cannot stop now!



NNCCF’s 15th Annual Shave for the Brave event at the Reno Ballroom on March 20, 2020, is CANCELED.

The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation has decided to avoid potential exposure of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to our families, participants, and community. We serve many children with compromised immune systems and their health, and that of our community and staff, is our highest priority.

You are invited to take your shave virtual!

We are grateful for your understanding at this time, and want to make sure that your experience is as rewarding as it should be.  Host your team or shave by yourself with your favorite hairdresser or barber. NNCCF staff will be contacting team captains on how to best help their team with a virtual shave. We encourage you to share your experience virtually on social media, by posting or hosting it live. Check out this guide on how to set up Facebook Live. Be sure to tag @nvkidscancer and @stbaldricks and use the hashtag #ShavefortheBrave #VirtualShave2020.

Your profile for Shave for the Brave on the St. Baldrick’s site is still active, and you can continue to receive online donations from your supporters. Please read the guidelines on sending your cash donations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and please send all checks directly to St. Baldricks with the completed donation form. Remember to fill out the forms with Event Title: Shave for the Brave and Event ID# 45.

Thank you for your participation and efforts in fundraising. This event has made a significant impact on childhood cancer research in the last 15 years, and we want to make sure that your hard work and efforts are recognized. You have helped raise more than $2.8 million in research funds, and this year you have already raised more than $100,000. Please mark your calendars for our 2021 event, on March 5, 2021.

Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide, and one out of five of them will not survive. Your support makes a difference for them. Your contributions and fundraising efforts will help researchers find safer treatments for growing bodies, and someday a cure for childhood cancer.

Thank you for your unwavering support.

It’s not too late to help NNCCF support childhood cancer research and the search for a cure.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 to support more research grants and clinical trials that can save kid’s lives. We are almost there! Visit to donate.

On Friday, March 15, 2019, we held our 14th annual Shave for the Brave event to raise funds for childhood cancer research. At the downtown Reno Ballroom, we hosted 223 participants to shave their heads in support of finding a cure for cancer. Participants from all around Nevada joined this spectacular event.

St. Baldrick's Head ShaveThank you to our participants and the generous people supporting our participants for contributing to childhood cancer research. The success of our Shave of the Brave event is because of you, and we are grateful for your generous hearts.

As of today, participants and donors have raised $182,154, but the fundraising isn’t over. The community is still finding ways to raise funds and help researchers find better treatments. If you would like to support our event, an individual or a team to reach their fundraising goal, click here. The 2019 grand total of money raised for childhood cancer research will be announced in July when the event officially wraps up.

Remember – childhood cancer research helps adults too! According to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation “Much of what we know about treating adult cancers has been learned from childhood cancer research. Some aspects of cancer treatment today, such as combination chemotherapy, can be traced to pediatric cancer research.”

Fundraising for our Shave for the Brave event is unique because of the head-shaving element. Participants collect donations and pledges to reach their goal, then they step onto the big stage and a barber shaves their head. Many participants shave in memory or in honor of a family member, friend, coworker or another inspirational individual – some participants are cancer survivors themselves.

Our first head-shaving event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation took place in 2006. We shaved 61 heads and raised $86,399 for childhood cancer research. Since our first event, we have seen significant advances in childhood cancer research and treatments available. Today, about 90% of kids with the most common type of cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, will live and join the growing population of long-term childhood cancer survivors.

Last year, our Shave for the Brave event was the 16th highest revenue-raising event (out of 1,081 events) for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. And with our help, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation was able to give more than 140 grants to some of the best childhood cancer researchers in the world in 2018. This included more than 230 institutions conducting 116 clinical trials for children with cancer.

We chose the St. Baldrick’s Foundation because they focus solely on childhood cancer research. Their mission is to find cures for childhood cancers and to give survivors long and healthy lives. They are the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants and give kids nationwide access to the very latest in research and clinical trials. They are also great at reviewing grants and only fund the very best in childhood cancer research.

It is part of our mission at NNCCF to advocate for increased research funds, which also includes us doing our own fundraising for childhood cancer research. While we are able to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer in northern Nevada by providing financial assistance and compassionate support programs, we also support the research that will help them beat cancer.

For more pictures of Shave for the Brave 2019, check out our album on Facebook.

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.

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