by Nicole Reitz
Kimberly Rombough, a ninth-grade student at G. Ray Bodley High School, proudly holds her shaved head high. She recently went bald for the third time for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
St. Baldrick’s began as a head-shaving event and continues to be the signature event of the foundation. The Oswego County Legislature proclaimed March 27 as St. Baldrick’s Day in Oswego County. A local St. Baldrick’s event was held at the end of March at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center.
Rombough is just one of the 22,700 women who shaved their heads at 5,500 events since 2000.
The “shavees” ask friends and family to make donations and in return, they attend one of the volunteer organized events where they have their heads shaved in solidarity with kids fighting cancer.
Rombough’s mother, Jessica Kingsley, first told her about St. Baldrick’s mission. Rombough was interested in the cause and has seen how cancer can affect a family. Her own aunt has had a lot of cancer related treatments.
She participated in the event for the first time in elementary school with her mother and donated her mid-back length hair to Locks of Love.
Having so much fun at her second event, Rombough decided to participate again this year.
Through sponsorships from teachers and family, Rombough was able to raise $211 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises critical funds for childhood cancer research.
“I like the event because it makes other people feel good and it’s nice to make other people happy,” said Rombough.
At the event a lot of people thanked her for getting involved, Rombough said. Since then, schoolmates and others have asked her what St. Baldrick’s is about.
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