St. Baldrick’s coming to E’town

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Fundraiser for cancer research is March 20

By Jeff D'Alessio

A hair-raising event this won’t be. But the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event in March will provide some excitement and money for children’s cancer research.

“You don’t think of it (cancer) until it hits you,’’ said local organizer Bob Wilkinson, an oncologist at Kosair Children’s Hospital. “Then you just have that look.’’

The event is from 2 to 6 p.m. March 20 at the Knights of Columbus on Leitchfield Road in Elizabethtown.

Barbers and hair stylists will volunteer their time that day to shave heads to honor individuals with cancer.

This will be Wilkinson’s 10th year participating in the program. Last year he was involved in a St. Baldrick’s event at a Boston, Mass., tavern.

Several local barbers and stylists have taken part in previous events in Louisville.

“We have great potential here to do a lot of good,” Wilkinson said. “Unfortunately, we have had quite a few here who have had cancer or have passed (from cancer).”

He said there also will be a Locks of Love event in conjunction with St. Baldrick’s event for those who are willing to get their hair cut but not shaved.

Money is raised through sponsorships of those who are willing to get their cut or shaved.

Money also can be raised by the volunteers through a variety of ways, like bake sales, he said.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.