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NASHOBA TECH HEAD-SHAVING EVENT RAISES $2,000 FOR CHILDHOOD-CANCER RESEARCH
NASHOBA TECH HEAD-SHAVING EVENT RAISES $2,000 FOR CHILDHOOD-CANCER RESEARCH
Posted on 04/22/2016
NASHOBA TECH HEAD-SHAVING EVENT RAISES $2,000 FOR CHILDHOOD-CANCER RESEARCHbaldrick3
Aidan Luth (freshman, Groton), an Engineering Academy student, watches as Kaitlyn Willets (sophomore, Ayer) shaves his locks during Nashoba Tech’s “Brave the Shave” event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national fundraiser for childhood-cancer research.

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Sydney Delforte (senior, Groton) shaves the head of Athletic Director Robert Callahan of Dracut, during Nashoba Tech’s “Brave the Shave” event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national fundraiser for childhood-cancer research.

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Natasha Suero, a senior Cosmetology student from Peppered, presents Nashoba Tech Superintendent Denise Pigeon with a plaque from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in front of a wall of sponsors who donated to the “Brave the Shave” event Natasha planned at Nashoba Tech to raise money for St. Baldrick’s, a national fundraiser for childhood- cancer research. Natasha’s event raised $2,000.

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       WESTFORD — There are a lot more shaved heads walking around the hallways of Nashoba Tech these days. And the fight for a cure for childhood cancer is $2,000 richer for it.

        Natasha Suero of Pepperell, a senior in Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Cosmetology program, recently organized a St. Baldrick’s “Brave the Shave” event at the school for her senior project. The idea is that those willing to have their heads shaved (or at least have their hair cut very short) collect money from sponsors and go under the knife (or, in this case, the electric razor).

        Dozens of Nashoba Tech students and staff members “braved the shave,” 
and Natasha collected $2,000 to present to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national volunteer organization whose goal is raising money for research into finding cures for childhood cancer. Nashoba Tech’s event is one of nearly 12,000 that will be held this year. In 2015, St. Baldrick’s raised just under $37 million for research, and
this year, about $15 million has already been raised.

        “I got the idea to do the event and then to incorporate it into my 
senior project, but I didn’t expect this many people,” Natasha said.

        All of Natasha’s Cosmetology classmates, seniors and sophomores, 
helped out, shaving heads — and sweeping the floor — all day long. At times, all the chairs in Nashoba Tech’s in-school salon, Cosmo Cuts, were filled, and a line formed at the door to the salon.

        Matt Raiman, 24, of Ayer, heard about the event from his stepsister, Sarah Woodward, a senior from Shirley, and decided to have his head shaved.

        “I’ve always had a full head of hair,” Raiman said as his stepsister buzzed him, “but I was moved by the cause.”

        Cosmo Cuts is open to the public. Call 978-692-4711, ext. 6142, for more information.