Raising Awareness for Childhood Cancer with Sarah

On September 13, 2014, Gene Juarez Bellevue Salon Massage Therapist, Sarah, is shaving her head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. St. Baldrick’s exists to change the realities of childhood cancer. Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.

Why St. Baldrick’s?
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is dedicated to not only fighting childhood cancers but also finding better, less toxic treatments for kids. It’s important because kids who are treated with the current chemo and treatments available may beat their cancer but end up with other serious lifelong health conditions (like kidney and liver damage). We need to do better for our kids!

Why now?
My brother passed away from complications due to brain cancer last year. He was an adult but 9 1/2 years of chemo, radiation and other experimental treatments took their toll on his body. His kidney function was greatly decreased and there were other complications as well. I always wanted to shave my head to support him but was never brave enough. When the opportunity to do it for an amazing cause came up, I decided that the time is now!

Shaving your head is a pretty big commitment – and you have gorgeous red hair! Why are you doing it? Why aren’t you just donating money instead?
I wanted to do it when my brother was going through his treatments. I have regretted not doing it when he was alive. I felt that I would be able to help this cause more if I had something on the line…my hair! Honestly, it makes fundraising more fun! I have been able to get creative and it is definitely attention grabbing! I’M SHAVING MY HEAD!!

How did you get involved? What is the process?
I found out about Rock, Paper, Scissors through the Gene Juarez Men’s Salon staff. After chatting with Amanda in the Men’s Salon a few times, I made the decision to be a shavee. She put me in contact with Kelly Forebaugh (the event coordinator). I just emailed Kelly and told her I wanted to be a shavee.

Who will be shaving your head and why?
Well, that’s up to the ladies of the Men’s Salon. All I know is that my daughter, Caity, gets the first swipe. After that, they can “fight it out”!

How much money are you looking for raise?
I would love to raise as much as possible for this cause, but my official goal is $2000.

When is your head shaving event? Can I attend? What will be happening at that event?
The Rock, Paper, Scissors event is on September 13th at The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Avenue in Seattle. It is a family friendly event and anyone can attend. There will be live music, auctions and lots of fun for kids of all ages. And of course – the head shaving! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or online.

If I can’t attend the event, how can I donate?
You can donate directly on my St Bacldrick’s page online at www.stbaldricks.org.

How can I learn more about St Baldrick’s?
Check out www.stbaldricks.org. They have an amazing website and tons of information about childhood cancer research and how you can help!