Every year for the past three years, a group of people has come together at The Wicket, Cricket Square, to divest themselves of the hair on their heads.
You would think that such an event might be depressing, but it is quite the opposite. It is a brilliant, energetic affair with many laughs and an amazing sense of camaraderie. These people have stepped up to the plate to be one of Hannah Meeson’s Heroes – a little girl who has been battling childhood cancer for nearly half of her life.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, based in the U.S., is the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research, and to date, the Hannah’s Heroes shaving event in Cayman has donated over US$1 million to the cause.
The 4th annual shave is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 this year, starting at 5 p.m., and it is anticipated that the largest group of volunteers yet will be showing up to get shorn.
Gaylene and Nigel Meeson, Hannah’s parents, step up to the plate every year, and if they can’t encourage people to go bald, they ask that everyone donate whatever they can or sponsor a friend who is being shaved.
Regardless of the role anyone plays, all are encouraged to get to The Wicket for the event, as it really is an extraordinary evening to attend. There are raffle prizes to be won, and all money raised goes to St. Baldrick’s research efforts.
Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers. A child is diagnosed almost every two minutes around the world and nearly 100,000 kids are dying every year. If they do survive, 2 out of 5 will suffer a life-threatening condition before they become adults, as a result of the treatment.
For more information and to learn how to volunteer or donate, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stbaldricksHannahsHeroes.