Manchester Celtic Festival-goers get heads shaved to help fight cancer
Josh Brien, of Loudon, has his head shaved by Michaela Fitzgerald, of Not So Plane Jane's Salon and Spa, Sunday afternoon during the Wild Rover Celtic Festival. The head shaving fund raiser drew about 15 shavees, and prior to this year has raised between 60,000-70,000 dollars. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)
The fundraiser was for the benefit of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money for research into the causes of children's cancer.
The Finleys participate with their children, Jonathan and Joshua Michelizza, every year.
"It's not my usual look, but it's my annual look around this time of year," said Jonathan Michelizza, a junior at Manchester High School Central. "I have done this for the past two years, I really enjoy helping with stuff like this."
"They're usually confused at first but then I tell them about it and they kind of get it," Joshua said.
"My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so for the last couple of years we have been running in support of her," Amy Finley said. "When this came up last year, we decided it was a good opportunity to give back to children with cancer."
Foundation officials said some $33 million was raised nationally last year from more than 49,000 volunteers.
"It means a lot to me that our whole family will band together and donate to an awesome cause and raise awareness for children's cancer," Gretchen Finley said.
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