Students at Holy Trinity School started summer off right last week – they ‘Braved the Shave’ in a St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser dedicated to raising resources to fight pediatric cancer.
“We were excited to host our 3rd annual St. Baldrick’s event at Holy Trinity on Thursday, May 31,” said committee member Noreen Woidke. “Students, faculty, family and friends had the opportunity to ‘Brave the Shave.’ Shavees asked friends and family to make donations “on their head” and in return they had their heads shaved in solidarity with kids fighting cancer.”
The day was a resounding success! “We had 94 shavees and 6 Wigs for Kids participants this year and together have raised over $23,300 thus far. We have raised over $65,000 for pediatric cancer research in the last three years,” reported Noreen.
At this year’s event, the school honored the memory of Piper Samuels. At the age of five, Piper was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a complicated and rare form of bone cancer. After battling valiantly for one year, Piper passed away in August of 2017. The Samuels Family, in partnership with ‘1 Million 4 Anna,’ has created Piper’s Legacy to continue to honor their daughter and support promising research for Ewing’ Sarcoma.
“We were blessed to have Kevin, Kari and Nolan Samuels join us. Piper’s Dad, Kevin, brother, Nolan and good friend Sean Coleman braved the shave with all of us on May 31st,” added Noreen.
For the third year in a row, the school was also honored to have Amy Haddad and her son Shane join in. Shane has become a rock star at Holy Trinity. At the age of three, Shane was diagnosed with brain and spinal cord cancer. Shane is now 12 and continues to battle everyday. The Haddad family has started Shanerock. Shanerock is a charity that focuses on providing care, resources, and equipment to local families who are battling pediatric cancer.
“Both of these families have graciously shared their journey with all of us and continue to inspire all of us what it is to have faith, strength and courage,” noted Noreen.
“Rock the Bald” at Holy Trinity School
This year’s motto at Holy Trinity School in Avon is, “Be the Answer.” 122 students and members of the school community lived up to that mantra last Thursday in support of the school’s third-annual St. Baldrick’s event.
With barbers and stylists from four local businesses donating their services, fellow students cheered on the “shavees” and “Wigs 4 Kids” participants in a pep rally environment inside the school’s gym.
Each of the 122 participants solicited donations in advance of their hair cuts.
Second-grader Maddux Payne led all HTS fundraisers with more than $2,500 in donations.
In total, this year’s HTS St. Baldrick’s event raised over $20,000 for pediatric cancer research.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.
Holy Trinity’s ongoing support of the Shanerock Foundation, a Cleveland-based not-for-profit organization that helps families battling pediatric cancer, has served as inspiration for the St. Baldrick’s event. This year’s Holy Trinity School “Rock the Bald” also supported Piper’s Legacy, in memory of Piper Samuels. Piper’s Legacy works to promote awareness and raise funds to fight Ewing sarcoma.
Located in Avon, Ohio, Holy Trinity School is the largest Catholic school in Lorain County, serving more than 500 students in preschool through eighth grade.