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Raleigh high school students go bald for a cause

Posted February 24, 2014

A student gets her head shaved at Sanderson High School on Monday Feb. 24, 2014 to raise money for children's cancer research.

A group of North Raleigh high school students proved today that you're never too young to help someone else.

About 70 students and staff members at Sanderson High school shaved their heads Monday morning as part of a St. Baldricks fundraiser to raise money for children's cancer research. Seven young women also donated their hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children with cancer.

The event, which raised more than $8,400 through donations and bake sales, was organized entirely by students, led by Sanderson junior Eric Fitch, who came up with the idea for the fundraiser. 

Erin Pike, a teacher at Sanderson, said Fitch has been working non-stop to make sure the event was a success.

"Eric handled all communications with the St. Baldrick's foundation, designed and ordered t-shirts, recruited volunteers and found sponsors for the event," she said.

Fitch and his friends started the fundraiser last year, and the school raised more than $5,000 for the foundation. This year, the students set a goal of $7,500, which they exceeded, largely aided by the Sanderson Air Force JROTC program.

"We are very proud of our students for their time, hair, and monetary sacrifices," Pike said. "Our students have big hearts and it was great seeing our community come together today to help kids who are fighting cancer."

Anyone that would like to make a donation to St. Baldrick's through Sandeson High School's event can go to their website.






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  • Leslie Nance Feb 25, 2014
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    Great job to the students and faculty at Sanderson High!

  • Rod Runner Feb 25, 2014
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    That's my daughter in the top picture, showing support for her mother who died from cancer in November.

    She got a mohawk, so not totally bald.

  • og Feb 25, 2014

    Not that I really care about how someone chooses to wear or style their hair, but I do have a question.

    If a guy with formerly long hair comes into school completely bald one day, I would suspect that would cause some discussion. But if that same guy shows up with hair dyed bright purple in support of something, he gets put on suspension for creating a disturbance.

    Why should they be treated differently just because some principal approves of one cause and not another?

  • Jenny Brown Feb 25, 2014
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    This is our future - and I am so proud of them!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 24, 2014

    Bless their hearts BIG!!!

  • dwr1964 Feb 24, 2014

    Excellent job Mr Fitch. You are a fine young man, who will do great things. Also to everyone involved with this fundraiser, absolutely wonderful giving of your time and efforts. Thank you all.