Shaving for a cause

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MEDINA — Several students and teachers at the Medina County Career Center made a “bald” statement Friday during the seventh annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s head-shaving event.

They wanted to have a few laughs and fight childhood cancer at the same time.

As of 5:30 p.m., the event had raised $25,326 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which topped last year’s total of $22,000.

Superintendent Steve Chrisman had his red locks shaved off for the third year. He said it would grow back in a matter of a few weeks.

“It’s just a good thing to do,” he said. “If we can help kids, why wouldn’t we do it?”

He wears his hair pretty short to begin with, Chrisman said.

“The ladies with the long, blond hair, that’s the real sacrifice,” he said.

One of those young ladies with the long, blond hair was Lexi Ransbottom, a junior. She walked around rubbing her head after getting it shaved. She said she doesn’t know if she wants to grow her hair long again.

English teacher Katie Howard said she’s shaved her head in all seven years of the event.

“I just like helping kids,” she said.

Howard said it would take until about September for all her hair to grow back. In the meantime, she’ll save a lot of money on shampoo and conditioner, as well as haircuts.

Through the years, emcee Shawn Fitzgerald said the career center has donated more than $100,000 to the cause.

“We hope that one day, there’ll be a cure,” he said.

Becky Hambley, sister of state Rep. Steve Hambley,

R-Brunswick, is lead volunteer organizer.

She brought the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to the career center in memory of her daughter’s best friend, Valley City’s Cassidy Jackson, who died at age 12 in 2006 when the girls were in the sixth grade.

Hambley’s daughter, Miranda, now 24, took the loss very hard, she said.

“No 12-year-old should go through that,” she said.

Hambley, a cosmetology teacher, wore a badge with a picture of Cassidy on her


Besides those who pledged money to get their heads shaved, money also was raised with face-painting, a bake sale, salon services and nail art.

The cosmetology students who did the shaving were asked to raise a minimum

$50 each through pledges. In all, more than 40 students volunteered at the event.

“We wanted to bring awareness that childhood cancer funding needs to be strengthened,” Hambley said.

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