how much money would it take for you to shave your head?
you do it for $5,000? $10,000? $20,000 plus the subsequent cost of
the amount change if a couple more factors are thrown in, such as the
shaving itself will be a public spectacle, complete with potentially
embarrassing photos splattered all over the Internet?
what if you don’t get to keep a dime?
Mandy Haage Fuller is going under the razor for the bargain basement
price of $2,000, all of which will be donated to St. Baldrick’s
20 inches of hair will be donated as well, to Locks of Love, a national
organization that creates wigs for children with cancer and other
diseases that result in hair loss.
donate hair, you need to cut 10 inches, and it takes about three or
four ‘heads’ to make a wig,” says Mandy. “So my hair will be about half
of a wig – a good start.”
Baldrick’s Day was started in 2000 to recognize and generate donations
for children with cancer. The shaved heads serve as a reminder of
children who have had to undergo chemotherapy and have lost all of
their hair. Starting as an informal conversation between friends, the
event quickly grew in its short lifespan and is now celebrated annually
in 18 different countries.
the event started very much the same way. Jennifer Harmon, owner of
Avon Surf Shop, first heard of St. Baldrick’s after a chat with her
friends, Ray and Tina Chandler, and Warren “Tater” Gaskins III, who had
made a trek to Norfolk to participate in the event, and who has
participated locally every year since.
it has become an annual tradition of sorts for Hatteras Island locals
to head to the Avon Fire Station on St. Baldrick’s Day to get their
post-winter “haircut,” and shed their grizzled off-season persona for a
clean shaven summer look, all while helping a good cause.
while many of the scruffy local gents end up improving their appearance
after participating in St. Baldrick’s, it’s safe to assume that a bald
lady might not have quite the same results.
that this fact bothers Mandy in the least.
either says to me ‘You’re crazy’ or ‘You’re brave’ – those are the two
camps,” says Mandy with a laugh. “But my hair grows really fast, and
when I was in high school, I shaved portions of my hair because I was
‘a rocker’ and going through that phase.”
“I think people get too caught up in their hair and how it ties into
their identity,” she adds. “I had a couple friends go through breast
cancer and lose all of their hair. And I keep thinking that I’m lucky
that [my children] Grace and Jack are so healthy. If they weren’t, I
would shave my head for them in a heartbeat. So in my mind, some other
mommy who is not as lucky as I am will get a wig for her children.”
besides,” she says, “it’s only hair.”
there is usually a participant or two every year who steps up to
generate major donations in exchange for going bald.
2009, former Cape Hatteras Elementary School principal Ray Gray shaved
his head for an exceptional $900 in donations, and last year, Ginger
Wojciechowski raised $1,500 in a matter of minutes, with the help of
Frank and Fran’s tackle shop. Cindy Seigel was also able to raise
$1,500 through the help of her co-workers at Midgett Realty, and
donations for 2011’s event reached the $10,000 range, with more than 60
shavees in attendance.
goal of $2,000 will therefore be one of the biggest donations for one
person in recent history, and with only three weeks left until the
March 17 event, funds are still needed.
has been able to raise $900 so far and is hoping in the short amount of
time left that she can make up the difference.
Beaches Realty gave me $100, and Jomie [Price] from Ketch 55 promised
me $100, and my friends and family have donated anywhere from $20 to
$100,” she says. “I really would like to meet the goal – if I’m going
to shave my head, I might as well generate as much money as possible.
And I’m thinking positively. I know I’ll reach it somehow.”
who want to donate to Mandy can do so on her St. Baldrick’s page, http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/502643/2012.
money raised will go towards research for Children’s Cancers.
while Mandy’s husband Jamie, who himself has participated in the Avon
St. Baldrick’s Day Shave for seven years, might not be completely on
board with his wife’s new look, Mandy is unfazed and ready to take the
“I’m not nervous at all. It’s for a good cause, and I’m happy to do
it,” she says. “And I have a plethora of hats.”
Island’s St. Baldrick’s Day event will be on Saturday, March 17, from 3
until 6 p.m. at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department. For details and to
donate or participate, go to http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/447/2012)