Brave the Shave at Holy Trinity

Barber Angel Ayala of The Spot Barbershop in Lorain happily posed with the newly shorn Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen and fellow Avon city worker Billy Butts at Brave the Shave as Holy Trinity School hosted its fourth St. Baldrick Day pediatric cancer fundraiser last week.

Holy Trinity School of Avon hosted its 4th annual St. Baldrick’s event on Friday, May 31.

83 shavees and 10 Wigs for Kids participants took part in the annual fundraiser to support research for pediatric cancer.

“Together they have raised $24,562 thus far and there are still donations coming in,” reports spokesperson Noreen Woidke.

In the past four years, the school has raised over $94,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and pediatric cancer research. Approximately 350 heads have been shaved in those four years!

4th grader Lynsey LaPorte is a great example of the school’s commitment to the project. She started fundraising in December for her “Brave the Shave.” She led all Holy Trinity School fundraisers with more than $2,300 in donations. And she also went for the complete head shave!

Her enthusiasm was shared by Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen and Holy Trinity’s Father Misenko, who both shaved their heads this year to the cheers of excited students. Mayor Jensen’s shave was a follow-through on his promise at last year’s event to get into the action in 2019.

Eleven stylists from six different salons donated their time and expertise: Back: Aaron Lopez, Ohio Exclusive Barber Shop, Brian LaManna, Beauty Bar David Scott Salon. Front: Bob Ca-tanza, Catanza’s Barber Shop, Angel Ayala and Ralph Mercado, The Spot Barbershop, Tonya Gatlin, Ohio Exclusive Barber Shop, Kim Novak, Komplete Works Hair Studio, Maria Ursetti, Catanza’s Barber Shop, Mariah Redden, Emily Mortenson and Alieshia Quinn, Robert Patrick Salon.

“We were also excited to bring back Wigs for Kids this year. We had 10 participants who each donated a “ponytail” of 12 inches or longer,” reported Noreen.

Shane Haddad (front), Ryan, Eric and Noreen Woidke with Bobby Catanza.

For the fourth year in a row, Holy Trinity was honored to have Eric and Amy Haddad and their son Shane join in.

At age 3, Shane was diagnosed with brain and spinal cord cancer. He is now 13 years old. In 2016 Eric and Amy established the Shanerock Foundation. Shanerock is a charity that focuses on providing care, resources, and equipment to local families who are battling pediatric cancer.

Holy Trinity pleased to give back to Shanerock this year. “We were able to do this by having a donut day. The students and faculty could pay $1 for a donut and $1 for a Shanerock bracelet,” said Noreen. “We had a $2 dress down day at school and held a Parents Night Out at Beerhead Bar & Eatery in Avon. We also had a hair braiding station at our St. Baldrick’s Event. For $10, a student could have their hair braided. We had over 100 students participate in the hair braiding.”

Shane is a rock star at Holy Trinity! “The Haddad Family has graciously shared their journey with all of us,” said Noreen. “They have taught all of us what it is to have faith and strength and they continue to inspire us to make a difference.”

The event was served by 11 stylists from six different salons who donated their time and expertise: Catanza’s Barber Shop, Avon – Bobby Catanza and Maria Ursetti, Robert Patrick Salon, Rocky River – Alieshia Quinn, Mariah Redden and Emily Patel, Komplete Works Hair Studio, Westlake – Kim Novak, Beauty Bar David Scott Salon, Avon – Brian LaManna, The Spot Barber Shop, Lorain – Ralph Mercado and Angel Ayala, Ohio Exclusive Barber Shop, Amherst – Aaron Lopez and Tonya Gatlin.

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