Savannah, GA (WSAV) – We conclude this long St. Patrick’s day season with one last event all centered around those going through cancer treatments and diagnoses.
The St. Baldrick’s head shaving event was held today in Savannah’s city market.
For six years now people have been getting their hair completely chopped off for the event. All of it to honor those loved ones they’ve lost to childhood cancer, to fund those fighting the good fight, and to give their hair to cancer patients going through chemo treatments.
“Whether you have your hair or not it doesn’t matter you’re still yourself, you’re still beautiful. you’re still strong and we’re just showing them courage and that we’re there for them,” says Yaelel Fassy who helped coordinate the event.
Like in years past, people come out to shave their heads honoring children fighting cancer like Ella Bothwell.
“Ella was, turned seven last April the ninth, two weeks later she was diagnosed with DIPG,” says Bothwell’s school principal Harriett Stooks.
DIPG is a form of cancer that results in the development of brain tumors. Little Ella is the honoree for the event. Although treatments are keeping her home bound. Team Ella comes out big to support the seven year old.
“It’s devastating enough to go through such a thing especially with a small child, but the support that they have received they have appreciated greatly and continue to do so,” Stooks adds.
From first timers to experienced participants, the buzzer treatment has raised more than $55,000 for childhood cancer research. This surpassed the goal of $30,000.
“We have a lot of families that come here that either have lost their child to cancer or their child is battling cancer so it’s just community support,” Fassy says.