For the 4th year in a row, I participated in the St. Baldrick's Day events and raised funds for childhood cancer
"What would you look like bald? You'd look like a hero for kids with cancer!? That is the message from the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the organization that is Shaving the way to Conquer Kids' Cancer. Worldwide 160,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year. Childhood cancer kills more U.S. children than any other disease - more than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies, combined.
St. Baldrick's Day is a whimsical twist on St. Patrick's Day - when brave volunteers agreed to shave their heads bald to raise funds for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's is an annual charity event that began with the goal of raising "17,000 of the 17th of March" in 2000.
Below is just a small selection of photos that I took at this year's event. This page may take a while to load unless you have a high speed internet connection. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you participated in this year's St. Baldrick's Day event at Fast Eddies and would like to request a DVD of the original photos.
On February 14th, 2007, a small group of doctors, nurses and St. Baldrick's participants gathered at Inova Fairfax Hospital because the St. Baldrick's Foundation was presenting the hospital with a $25,000 grant to further their wonderful efforts through pediatric oncology research.
Meg Lawless Crossett presents a plaque to Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Dr. Nick volunteered to have his head shaved for the special event
Dr. Nick poses for some pictures
One of the young heros, a cancer patient at Inova Fairfax Hospital, comes to watch
Here are my before and after pictures from St. Baldrick's Day 2007.
Mike Becvar poses for his St. Baldrick's 2007 before picture. He has about two months of hair.
Mike Becvar poses for his St. Baldrick's 2007 after picture.
This year's St. Baldrick's Day event was held at Fast Eddies in Centreville, VA on Saturday, March 17th. Before the event, there were 47 people signed up as shavees on the St. Baldrick's website (http://www.stbaldricks.org). A few more people signed up at the event. Before the evening was over, more than 50 men, women and children were bald.
Shavees and their family check in at participant registration table the entrance to Fast Eddies
Many of the shavees gather for a group before picture.
Mike stands in the back row of St. Baldrick's shavees during the before picture.
Ms. Meg Lawless Crossett welcomes everyone to the St. Baldrick's Day 2007 event at Fast Eddies in Centreville, VA.
The barbers set up their equipment before the shaving begins.
There were about seven chairs set up on a small stage. The first group of shavees take their seats and the shaving begins. As the barbers finished one person, the next shavee was called to take their place on the stage.
Most of the shavees came with their family and friends who gathered around the stage to watch and take pictures.
One of the young shavees smiles as the barber shaves his head.
Steve Ratliff takes a seat in one of the chairs on stage. I met Steve Ratliff at my first St. Baldrick's Day event in 2004. He let the barber shave his head and beard again.
Many of the shavees came to honor children with cancer. After a few dozen heads had been shaved, the Master of Ceremony took a few minutes to introduce two of the children honored at the event and the adults who were shaving their heads in their honor.
About half way through the list of shavees, they finally called my name to go on stage. I handed my camera to Supakorn and selected a chair near the middle of the stage.
Mike Becvar takes his seat as a St. Baldrick's shavee for the fourth time.
I pulled out my pocket camera to take a few pictures from the stage. I saw Supakorn standing in the audience and took his picture. He helped me out by taking a few pictures while my head was shaved.
Mike Becvar goes bald.
Supakorn captured one of the other shavees on stage making a funny face.
Positively Pink Suzanne was in the chair on the end. She had dyed her hair pink and made several T-Shirts to help raise awareness. The barber begins to shave her head.
Positively Pink Suzanne smiles as her head is shaved. She was one of the few women participating in this year's St. Baldrick's Day event.
Group of young shavees line up at the buffet for dinner.
Brothers, Matt and Brad Raba, have their heads shaved. I had met both of them the at my first St. Baldrick's in 2004.
Two young brothers, Ryan and Connor Feehan, pose for a picture after having their heads shaved again. Both participated in past St. Baldrick's Day events at Fast Eddies.
Supakorn takes a break to eat some food.
One of the barbers, after collecting donations from the audience, became a shavee and let another barber shave her head.
It took a while, but the group of barbers finally completed their work. It was time for the shavees to once again take a position on the stage and pose for the after picture.
The shavees show off their bald heads and pose for an after picture.
The women shavees of St. Baldrick's Day 2007 pose for a picture.
Mike Becvar poses like a hero under the St. Baldrick's poster