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St. Baldrick's Foundation cuts loose in fight against childhood cancer

Becky Turner shaves R. J. Eicher's head during last year's fundraiser. This year's event is March 5 in Johnson Park in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Jared Fields

MARBLE FALLS — The barber chairs will be set up in Johnson Park on March 5 near the sand volleyball court waiting on people who want to make a difference in the battle against pediatric cancer.

And whether you take a seat in one of the chairs for a very short haircut, make a donation or just stop by to show your support, you can help find treatments and, possibly cures, for pediatric cancers through the annual St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser. The event is noon-3 p.m. at the park, 230 Ave. J South. While there will be a lunch at noon, the main activity starts at 1 p.m.

That's when the hair starts falling as folks who helped raise donations take seats in the barber chairs and let the stylists shave off those locks.

The teams and individuals raised money by taking pledges with it all culminating with the haircuts March 5.

But you don't have to take a seat in the chair to help; you can sponsor one of the individuals or simply make a donation.

The funds go to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which is the only organization in the country that specifically raises money for pediatric cancer research, treatment, patient care and survivor support.

In the past 20 years, only three new drugs have been created and approved for treatment of childhood cancer. But less than 4 percent of the National Cancer Institute's budget goes to research geared specifically toward childhood cancer studies. Yet, more children die from childhood cancers than any other disease. And many children who survive cancer face lifelong effects from current treatments.

So, St. Baldrick's works to fund pediatric cancer research, treatment and support.

And the only thing you really have to do to help is stop by the fundraiser March 5 and make a donation. You don't even need to get a haircut.

Go to and enter "Marble Falls" in the search under the “Events" button to learn more or make a donation online.

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