By Molly Heissler, Features Editor
Pediatric cancer affects around 13,500 children each year in the United States alone. It is the number one leading cause of death by disease in children. There are many organizations, foundations, and charities that donate to the children and families of children who are battling the disease, one of which is St. Baldrick’s. Governor Livingston staff and students raised money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and participated in the school event on Thursday, March 27, where many heads were shaved and tears were shed.
Some of the teachers and students who shaved their hair include Ms. Toporek, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Ciarrocca, Mukta Phatak, Chris Kaylor, Anna Logan, Ben Gillo, Niyant Narang, Jeremy Berlinski, and others. Mr. Dunkerton shaved his very large beard, Mrs. Murillo and Senora DiMaggio each ate a raw onion, and people changed to exotic hair colors and styles. The event was fun and exciting because everything that happened was done with the passion and desire to help others.
As a whole, the Governor Livingston St. Baldrick’s event raised over $27,000. Top participants included three of the event’s shavees, Mukta Phatak with $2,628, Mr. Ciarrocca with $2,231, and Mr. Siebelts with $1,877. The top teams were Shave to Save raising $4,107, Force Equals DESTROY CANCER with $3,478, and GL Interact which had $3,335. Every donation that was made counted towards the total amount raised, and made for an extremely successful event.
When asked about his thoughts on our school and St. Baldrick’s, Mr. McGovern said, “I thought it was a great event, and it was great to see so many people there. I’m very happy that we exceeded our goal of $20,000! We didn’t hit the goal until the night before but not only did we reach it, we raised 7,000 dollars more!”
As a whole, St. Baldrick’s was a positive and inspiring charity event that GL participated in. Mukta, the event’s top student fundraiser and one of the few female head shavees at the event, was asked why she personally chose to participate and she responded saying, “I participated because it’s a great cause for the many people who have been hurt by cancer. It’s the least I can do, and it’s amazing how the whole school rose up and helped. It was a great thing to be a part of.”
What Governor Livingston accomplished is amazing. It was touching to see so many people, some of whom have never been personally affected by the pain of cancer, step up and decide to help because it is such an important cause. The GL St. Baldrick’s event was a major success for the second year in a row, and it will be great to see us reach an even larger goal in the future, to put an end to childhood cancer!