NEWS | March 9, 2020

Bald is beautiful

UC Davis Health employees turn out for annual St. Baldrick’s cancer fundraiser

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More than 30 UC Davis Health employees, family members and friends showed their support for children with cancer by going bald.

Shannon Barber assesses her newly shaved head. Shannon Barber assesses her newly shaved head.

One by one they sat before stylists from SuperCuts who volunteered to shave heads at the March 6 event at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The annual fundraiser, a collaboration with St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance, raises money for cancer research.

This is the second year that Shannon Barber, a member of UC Davis’ pediatric hematology-oncology team, decided to participate.

Recalling her first St. Baldrick's experience, she said, "It was extremely nerve-wracking, but once I got it done, it was so unbelievably wonderful. The feedback is great, and so is knowing you raised money for folks."

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Going bald for a good cause

This year Barber set a fundraising goal but had to increase it three times because her supporters were so generous.

"It shows people are really here for the children, for the cause and trying to get a 100% cure rate one day," she said.

Barber ultimately raised $685 for cancer research. St. Baldrick’s organizers are hoping to exceed last year’s goal of $50,000.

Other shavees included Brian Davis, a seven-time St. Baldrick's supporter, and Kevin Heisinger, who is grateful for the care his young son received at the cancer center.

"He's alive and well and is interning with the doctors now," Heisinger said.

Scarlett Baily, one of the youngest attendees, learns how to give a close shave.Scarlett Baily, one of the youngest attendees, gives a close shave to Marcio H. Malogolowkin, chief of pediatric hematology oncology at UC Davis Health.