For the past 11 years, MDG Salons has been proud to be involved with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help conquer childhood cancers. Each year we shave heads of men, women and children who pledge money for shaving their heads…and not to mention we have a ton of fun while doing it.
Thanks to our good friend Chuck Chamness, we found out about this amazing international charity. Here is his story:
Our son Joey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer in his left femur in February 2005 at age eight. He has a twin brother Robbie and an older sister and brother. The week after his diagnosis, I learned about St. Baldrick’s and decided I would shave my head for St B’s when Joey’s hair started falling out from chemo.
About a month into his chemo treatments, his hair started to come out so we knew it was time to call our friend Joe Moore, who came to our house and shaved Joey’s head in our kitchen. Robbie also decided to shave his head so Joey wouldn’t be the only bald kid in their 2nd grade class at St. Thomas Aquinas school. Joe shaved my head a couple weeks later at an event that raised about $45,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. It was the first St. Baldrick’s event in Indiana and that was the first year St. Baldrick’s was a foundation – raising about $6 million total. Joey and I were the St. Baldrick’s “poster boys” that year.
Joey continued treatments at Riley Children’s Hospital and had surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. By the end of 2005, he was declared “no evidence of disease.” In 2006, we had our first public St. Baldrick’s event with about a dozen “shavees” and had Joe, Sue and the MDG Salon stylists handle the shaving again. We’ve done it every year since and have raised more than $1.2 million at the events, and Riley has received more than $1 million in grants from St. Baldrick’s for children’s cancer research.
In the 12 years of our event, there have been two constant factors: I have been a shavee, and the Moore family and MDG Salon Studio have provided many volunteer stylists to shave the hundreds of heads that raise the funds. We are extremely grateful for their friendship and support.
St. Baldrick’s is now the largest funder of children’s cancer research besides the US government, and raised $36 million last year alone. I have been on the board of St. Baldrick’s since 2009 and have been chairman since 2012. Joey is healthy and a Freshman at IU-Bloomington studying business. He has shaved his head for St. Baldrick’s eight times since he recovered from chemo and raised thousands of dollars. The team named for him is “Joey’s Team – Bald is Beautiful” and they should pass the $1 million mark in funds raised this year.
If you’d like to get involved in the Indianapolis St. Baldrick’s event this year, join us on March 18th at the Knights of Columbus on Keystone Ave, or you can donate online. Tune in to Fox 59 on Tuesday, March 15 to watch MDG’s own Travis Moore shave the head of Fred Glass on live TV!