Successfully Shaving and Saving

Shaving participants, emcees for the evening, along with event organizer, Mary Valloni (on far left).

On July 26, the American Cancer Society hosted their inaugural Shave to Save of Southwest Missouri presented by the Baldknobbers Jamboree, at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event featured 15 volunteers: men, women, and children from around the area, who volunteered to have their heads shaven in order to support cancer research and patient programs and services, as well as, bring awareness, hope, and help to those affected.

Families shared stories about how the American Cancer Society helped them in their time of need.

The evening was full of heartfelt of stories of families affected by cancer and how the American Cancer Society had helped them in their time of need. Laughs were shared as the shavees were given their first buzz by an individual of their choosing. Two young women were given standing ovations as they not only shaved their heads, but cut their long hair in order for it to be donated to Locks of Love, an organization the creates wigs for those who have lost hair due to cancer treatment. One by one each shavee shared their reason for being there that evening, some participating in honor of a loved one, others referencing their faith, until all 15 volunteers were standing upon the stage- bald and beautiful.

Many met the call to give of themselves.

The event was a crowning success, raising $17,000, which will help the American Cancer Society in creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Shave to Save of Southwest Missouri was the first event of its kind in this area, with roots in the Kansas City area. To learn more or to volunteer for next year’s Shave to Save, check out www.shavetosaveswmo.org.

Creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

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Going Bald with the Baldknobbers

Things are about to get a little less hairy in southwest Missouri.  The American Cancer Society is bringing Shave to Save presented by the Baldknobbers Jamboree to the southwest Missouri area. The Society is inviting men and women to shave their heads in honor or memory of a friend or loved one. Many are choosing to participate as a sign of solidarity for those who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

We are now accepting Shavees at shavetosaveswmo.org. Individuals are encouraged to support shavees by pledging financial contributions online or by mailing in a donation to the American Cancer Society office at 3322 S. Campbell Ave., Suite G, Springfield, MO 65807. “First started in Kansas City, Shave to Save has become one of the most unique and exciting fundraising events for the American Cancer Society,” says Mary Valloni, distinguished events director for the American Cancer Society.

The community will come together with a celebration as the shavees shed their locks on Thursday, July 26 at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center, 2564 N. Glenstone, Springfield, Mo.

Proceeds fromShave to Savebenefit the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate cancer as a major health threat by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by fighting back and finding cures.

For more information on becoming a shavee or about the Shave to Save event, visit shavetosaveswmo.org or contact Mary Valloni at 417.447.1483 or Mary.Valloni@cancer.org.

Shaving Heads in the name of Hope

The 2012 Shave to Save is recruiting brave men and women willing to raise money to shave their heads, all in the name of hope. For more than 10 years, Shave to Save has helped to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Kansas City, a place for cancer patients and their families to stay – free of charge – during their treatment.

Funds raised at Shave to Save go directly to fund the Hope Lodge’s day-to-day operations, each day costing $1,000 to keep up and running. While the Lodge relies on the community donations, the shavees who raise money for this event help the most. Each shavee commits to raising $5,000 or more to help our community’s cancer patients get well; helping them focus on their treatment and not their next hotel payment.

Over 160 men and women have gone bald in the past 10 years, and the committee is recruiting more shavees to join this cause.  If you would like to get involved, contact Patty Gerken at pgerken@kumc.edu or log onto shavetosave.org.