KUSA – It’s that time of year for green beer, shamrocks, and shaved heads. Since the year 2000, men, women and children have been shaving their heads for St. Baldrick’s Day to raise money for Childhood Cancer research and you don’t have to go far to find a way to get involved.
A few weeks ago, 9News told our viewers about 17 year old Lauren Alfino, a junior at Mountain Vista High School. Lauren was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in late January. Despite her diagnosis and pending chemo sessions, she still swam in the swimming districts and clocked her 2nd fastest time in the 500 meter. Two days later she started chemo therapy at Children’s Hospital.
Lauren has undergone 2 of her 4 chemo treatments, each of which lasted a week long. She has spent many other days in the hospital with a high fever, including this past weekend.
However on Sunday morning, she was released from Children’s just in time to make it to Landsdowne Arms in Highlands Ranch and watch her Dad (along with 56 others) get their heads shaved in support of her and other children.
“Team Lauren” – consisting of 11 men (including Susie Wargin’s husband Mike) – raised over $11,000. The entire event at Landsdowne raised over $23,000.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised over $100 million since the tradition started in 2000.