Bald heads raise funds for children’s cancer

Local woman fights for lifesaving research

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A local woman wants to help “conquer childhood cancers.”

Sarah Shapiro, of Alpharetta, will host a fundraising event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 15 at her barbecue restaurant — J’s Southern Smoke, 101 Colony Park Drive, Suite 100 in Cumming.

The reason for the event, Shapiro said, is “because all children deserve to grow up.”

There will be a large silent auction, raffle, food and music.

The money raised will benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which researches lifesaving cures for rare cancers that affect children.

“These are cancers that adults don’t get; a lot of these children don’t survive it,” Shapiro said.

So to show support, Shapiro will be shaving her head.

“I’m also donating my hair to ‘Locks of Love,’” Shapiro said. “That’s why I haven’t colored my hair.”

Shapiro will honor three children from Johns Creek and Alpharetta, who have been diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and Ewing Sarcoma.

“I have little boys and it breaks my heart to think that not all families have healthy children,” she said. “Reading Devon Currie’s story really inspired me to put on this benefit.”

Shapiro said some people have also volunteered to shave their heads in solidarity, but participants don’t have to. Donations will be accepted at the fundraiser and online.

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive, according to St. Baldrick’s Foundation. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer, research volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against cancer.

For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/op6wrsz or www.StBaldricks.org or call 770-364-1457.