Volunteers' (hair) loss is childhood cancer foundation's gain

By Barbara Taormina
Sunday News Correspondent
May 17. 2014 9:37PM
Tricia Adams of Nashua has her head shaved at Wilfred's Barber Shop in Nashua as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick Foundation, which raises money for research for a cures for childhood cancers. (Barbara Taormina)

Saturday was a great hair day at Wilfred's Barber Shop in downtown Nashua.

A group of volunteers stepped up to have their heads shaved to raise money for the St. Baldrick Foundation, a national organization committed to finding cures for childhood cancers.

The event was organized by Margaret Fuller and friends and members of a Greater Nashua mothers group that members call Supermoms.

Fuller organized the event in honor of her 4-year-old niece Abigail Herrmann of North Carolina, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.Wilfred's owner, David Pothier, and a crew of four barbers were happy to stick around after the shop closed at 3 p.m. and shave some heads for a good cause.The group raised more than $2,000 for the foundation through online donations and head shaves, the signature fundraising event for the organization, which was founded in 1999 by a group of friends in New York City.

Since its start, the St. Baldrick Foundation has raised more than $127 million to support the most promising research for cures for childhood cancers. The organization has been a huge support and source of hope for families with sick children, its advocates say.

"It's going through the unimaginable," said Fuller, who added her sister and brother-in-law are now waiting for more tests results for Abigail. "My sister was always the one donating to St. Jude's Hospital and Make-a-Wish Foundation. Now, she and her family need the help and support."

St. Baldrick raises money for clinical trails for new drugs, research, education and also for programs to help children who have survived childhood cancers.

The name of the organization doesn't belong to an actual saint; it is a combination of bald and rick, short for St. Patrick's Day when the first head-shaving event was held.

Daniel and Tricia Adams of Nashua were two of the first volunteers to hop in to Wilfred's seats for head shave.

For Daniel, a close-cropped haircut wasn't anything new, but this was Tricia's first time without hair.

But she had all sorts of support from a group of kids who stood at the front of the shop and cheered as her dark shoulder length hair piled up on the shop floor, and from her husband.

"My wife is going to look hot, sexy and amazing," he said.

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