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Dummer Elementary students, teachers lose their locks in St. Baldrick’s event
Several students, and some adults, lost their hair in the gymnasium of Herman E. Dummer Elementary School in Sandwich on Thursday, May 9, at the school’s 11th annual St. Baldrick’s donation event.
This year’s event raised more than $23,000. Since the inception of the event, more than $212,000 has been raised at Dummer.
St. Baldrick’s, a nonprofit organization, raises awareness and funds to aid in the research of childhood cancer, most famously through donation drives where participants either can have a significant portion of their hair cut off or have their heads shaved entirely.
Students at Dummer contributed thousands to the school’s drive this year. Fourth-graders Delanie Card, Teagan Lederman and Brynn Butler raised the most money this year and were some of the first to get shaved Thursday.
Butler, who raised almost $3,000, said that she chose to participate to support children with cancer.
“It helps children with cancer when you raise the money; it helps doctors get the medicine they need,” she said.
Fellow fourth-grader Delanie Card, who raised almost $1,000, also participated to support kids with cancer. “It helps give babies a fighting chance,” she said.
“I see these videos all the time that talk about them (children with cancer), and I want to help them try to find a cure,” fourth-grader Teagan Lederman, who raised more than $2,000, said.
Research priorities for St. Baldrick’s, according to the group’s website, include clinical trials and new discovery research, focusing on survivorship, supportive care and the inclusion of adolescents and young adults.