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Being Bold, Being Bald for Cancer Awareness

Pictured are students wearing a variety of bald caps in support of cancer awareness.

On Thursday, October 17, students at Piedmont participated in Be Bold, Be Bald to increase cancer awareness and raise money for children fighting the disease. Be Bold Be Bald is a national day where people everywhere are fighting for a cure by wearing bald caps, bandannas, and even swim caps; basically anything that covers your hair for one day. It’s one day out of the year when everyone puts their vanity away to spread cancer awareness.

In addition to wearing bald caps, several boys shaved their heads, while one student cut 10” of her hair to donate to Locks of Love. Be Bold, Be Bald is a grassroots cancer fundraiser where, for one day, all cancer organizations and people from all over the country unite.
The idea for Be Bold, Be Bald came from art teacher Tracy Price, who had read about the initiative last year and initiated the event in 2012. “We have students who have connections with family members who have had cancer. Some of our colleague’s parents have struggled with cancer and I thought ‘How cool would it be to participate in this.’” Students purchased a bald cap, in which they wrote the name(s) of people they know who have fought or who are fighting cancer, or those who have lost their battle with the disease. The money raised will benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

Piedmont was the first school in Union County to participate in the nationwide event last year. At Piedmont High School, we do more than just wear a bald cap. We take it one step further by bringing in local hair stylist, Sheila Moysakis, who donates her time to give free haircuts on this day. This year, one of our brave students, Emma Sokolowski, took it a step further for the girls and shaved her head in support of her grandfather. Grace Newberry, a junior, cut her hair in support of her mother who is a cancer survivor. Her hair will be donated to Locks of Love. Her mother was very touched and moved by the gesture. “I knew there was so much more to a patient suffering through cancer treatment. I witnessed my mother during her sickest time. Cutting my hair was such a small gesture to show my support and love. I was excited to help.” stated Grace. Many boys also showed their support by shaving their heads.

Be Bold, Be Bald is a student-led event and Price said that she’s proud of everything the kids accomplished through this event. It was definitely a huge success. For more information on the Be Bold, Be Bald initiative, go to beboldbebald.org. In another cancer awareness activity, students and staff will participate in the annual Piedmont Community Breast Cancer Walk held in the Piedmont Stadium on Saturday, October 19.

Written by: Donna Helms
Posted: Oct 18, 2013 by Donna Helms

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