GILFORD — The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee is holding it's 10th annual event at Gilford Youth Center on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
St. Baldrick's is a volunteer driven organization that raises money for childhood cancer research by asking participants to fundraise and donate money in return for shaving their heads. Participants shave their heads in solidarity with kids who are fighting their own cancer battles. The Gilford event also includes a pancake breakfast, a silent auction, and a bake sale. People are encouraged to come shave, watch, volunteer, or donate to someone by going to StBaldricks.org and searching for "Gilford Youth Center" event.
Mary Bourgeois, a Gilford resident, is shaving her head this year. She went to an event a few years ago and thought "I wish I had the courage to do that". She was moved by the recent illnesses of several children in our local area and wanted to help. She mentioned it to her husband and he encouraged her to sign up. She states that she then "made it my mission" to raise money. She is currently the top fundraiser for this year's event. She raised funds by using Facebook, asking local businesses for help and setting up donation jars locally. She also decided to join the Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee as a volunteer.
Mary's participation sparked her 6 year old son, Cameron, to also sign up to shave and he has raised a significant amount of money as well. The rest of her family is also helping this year by running the lighting for the event, helping with registration, and selling St. Baldrick's bracelets in the community. Mary said that she is not nervous to go bald for kids with cancer. She is continuing to fundraise and knows that she will likely raise even more money after she goes bald and continues to spread the word about this unique organization.