100+ Clovis Students Shave Heads For Cancer Research | Community Spirit
Clovis North peer counseling advisor Colleen Souza isn't messing around.
"Why go the whole way? Because I have a choice and I can. So I'm going to do it, so I can make a difference for those who don't," Souza said right before she shaved her entire head.
Neither is Granite Ridge 8th grader Tayler Larsen.
"You can donate, but if you shave your head, people ask and then you get so many more donations that way," she said.
For freshman Hunter Winslow and senior Michael Silvas, it's personal.
"My aunt was diagnosed (with cancer)," Winslow said.
"My cousin died of cancer last year and she was four," Silvas said.
More than 100 Clovis North and Granite Ridge middle school students let go of their locks to support the St. Baldrick's foundation.
"It started with a couple of guys who wanted to do something for a family member who had a child family member who had died of cancer. And it turned into what's become a worldwide organization," Souza said.
This is Clovis North's third year holding the event. They sell shamrocks on campus and each student that shaves their head gets sponsored.
Last year, they raised $17,000. This year, they're hoping for $20,000.
"Every year lots of that money from St. Baldrick's Foundation comes back to our own Valley Children's because of what a fabulous research facility it is. So we feel like we're contributing to the kids right here at home," Souza said.
"This is something that I can do for kids with cancer. I can't do a lot, but this is something I could do personally," Karan Gill said.
It's no secret high school can be a tough time.
But girls who shaved their head completely say they're not worried about kids teasing them for their new 'do.
"Oh gosh no, this is too much fun," Winslow said.
"I did it for a good cause and I know why I did it," Larsen said.
It's a lesson in selflessness these kids can teach us.
"Right now I feel special, like I'm doing something. I feel like I'm changing," Gill said.
Students who cut off more than 10 inches of hair Wednesday donated that hair to make wigs for cancer patients.
Hair stylists from Super Cuts, Sports Clips and Federico's volunteered their time and services for the event.