Lawrentians Raise $23K – and Counting – To Defeat Childhood Cancer

Nearly 30 Lawrentians are sporting new hairstyles today to champion pediatric cancer research and support services. At the February 21 School Meeting, students and faculty either shaved their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation or lopped off ponytails for the non-profit Children with Hair Loss. Yesterday, the School community raised over $23,000 – and counting - to help defeat childhood cancer. Through four separate fundraisers over the past five years, the School community has raised close to $76,000 for St. Baldrick’s.
Student Council Community Service Representative Dev Chhokra ’19 coordinated this year’s event. “Dev did an amazing job – he really made this year’s event more personal for the community,” said Lawrenceville Community Service Director Rachel Cantlay. “Dev asked everyone participating to talk about why they decided to be a part of this. So many people had family members or friends who had struggled with cancer and wanted to do something to make a difference. It was really moving.”
Matt McChesney, who has shaved his hair for St. Baldrick’s for ten years, said St. Baldrick’s has developed into an important part of his life and the School’ support ”means more than I can express. Many people [are] shaving in memory of someone they lost, and it is the strength of their fight, the strength of our fight, that brings a community such as ours together in such a powerful way.”
McChesney continued, “St. Baldrick’s was once something I did to be a good person, but it has become a part of my identity, and something I plan to be a part of for years to come. This event is the perfect example of what can happen when lots of people commit to doing the little things and we end up achieving a larger common goal.”
Chhokra agreed, stating, “Seeing the whole community come together to support and celebrate the incredible members of our community for their selflessness warmed my heart. It is remarkable what our community can do when we come together!”
Special thanks to Michelle Vemetriou and Jenna Bayer of The Mane Design Hair Salon, who volunteered their time and expertise.
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