Shaving for the Cause

Over the last few years I have seen various St. Baldrick’s events via Facebook and the news. These are events held to raise money for childhood cancer research and to offer support with kids who are fighting cancer.

Treatments leave many young patients with hair loss and participants agree to “Brave the Shave” by doing so in a public forum.

Pleasanton recently had one organized by Christy Arguijo Reed and held at Cowboy Fellowship last Friday night.

Around 20 people signed up to shave their heads as hair stylists/barbers donated their time to rid each one of their locks.

Watching these folks – women and men alike – was very inspirational.

Children may feel out of place with the loss of their hair and by seeing loved ones supporting them, they may feel less awkward.

Watching the women – and ladies, we all know how we like our hair – being shaved was an eye-opening experience for me.

With each pass of the shears and the hair falling down around them the look of apprehension was fleeting. Soon, there was this glow around them. Their faces seem to light up and pure beauty was apparent.

Christy was told to “not expect much for a first time fundraiser” from one of the event’s coordinators. She said that if they raised $5,000 it would be considered a success.

Christy then told her “you don’t know Atascosa County!”

So while people were on stage getting shaved, other volunteers were manning face painting and games. Others were watching over the silent aution items and snacks being sold.

A quilt was being raffled and music was playing in the background.

At the end of the evening – and Christy says checks are still coming in – over $25,000 was raised.

The way I see it, these women and men not only help to raise needed funds and awareness, they also rocked the bald look and inspired lots of folks, too.

Never underestimate the power of a closeknit community.


SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.


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