A total of 103 students and staff had their heads shaved March 21 to raise $22,558 for St. Baldrick’s, a nonprofit dedicated to raising money to fight cancer in children, according to senior Jessica Hull, who chaired the event.
As they did last year, students honored 7-year-old Nathan Norman (below) who is battling brain cancer and has signed as a “lifetime Hornet” with the LC baseball team, which sported “Norman” jerseys donated by two baseball team members’ parents.
They also honored 19-month-old Claire Parker who was diagnosed with infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July. Her father Jordan is a 2009 graduate of LC.
Nathan’s mother, Dawn Norman, spoke to the large crowd that gathered at the Townhouse Pavilion for the event.
“We just want to thank your group again this year for coming together for pediatric cancer, not only for Nathan and Claire, but all the children with cancer,” she said. “We’re running out of options … We’re praying that God will provide a miracle for Claire, a miracle for Nathan, and a miracle for all the children battling cancer.”
This is the fifth year LC has participated. Last year students raised more than $10,000 with 60 participants.
“We’re trying to help Nathan,” said sophomore baseball player Joe Tomasulo. “He’s a great kid and loves baseball.”
Senior Alec Weems also took off a full head of hair. “I had a lot of hair and I knew it would be symbolic for the people that have cancer,” he said.