Participants in last year’s ‘Bald in the ‘Boro’ event at Lanes, Trains and Automobiles in Murfreesboro prepare to get their heads shaved to raise funds for childhood cancer research grants as part of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. (Photo submitt
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic will sponsor its fourth annual Bald in the 'Boro event on March 14 at Lanes, Trains and Automobiles. The event raises money for the St. Baldricks’ Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research grants.
Bald in the ‘Boro is a head-shaving event where participants make a contribution to St. Baldrick’s Foundation in exchange for a shorn scalp, and sometimes a St. Patrick’s Day themed Mohawk! Hundreds of people have turned out for the event in years past, allowing MMC to raise over $104,000 to support childhood cancer research.
Director of Marketing for MMC, Kimberly Smith, stated: “This is definitely one of the most fun events we hold in the community. People are nervous and excited to shave their heads, but they always love being able to give back. Besides, it’s an easy way to raise money for a serious cause. It’s kind of like a walk-a-thon – without the blisters!”
The St. Baldrick's Foundation reports more children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease. Before they turn 20, about one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will have cancer. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every three minutes.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. Government.
Dr. Jeremy Harrison is a pediatrician with MMC and has been a leader for the Bald in the 'Boro events.
“I do it every year. The work made possible by St. Baldrick's is something I’m truly passionate about,” said an eager Dr. Harrison. “It’s hard to miss a bunch of shaved heads around town. It definitely makes people aware. Bald in the 'Boro is fun, easy and way better than a marathon!”