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Annual St. Baldrick’s Day event at ETHS helps cancer research

Mar 17, 2017  4:31 CT

ETHS student Patricia Camaya (left) and ETHS staff member Charlie Milam signed up to be shavees for the annual St. Baldrick’s Day event at the high school.

Students and staff members at Evanston Township High School raised more than $5,000 for childhood cancer research on "St. Baldrick’s Day" held Friday, March 17, 2017. This year, 35 individuals decided to “brave the shave” as part of a national awareness event and fundraiser. The ETHS Community Service Office has coordinated the event at the high school since 2009, cumulatively raising more than $20,000 for kids with cancer.

ETHS students from all grade levels as well as staff from ETHS and District 65 participated this year. “We are so proud of the outpouring of support we receive each year for kids with cancer,” remarked ETHS Community Service Coordinator Mary Collins. “It is so inspiring for me and others to see students like Sam Northcut, a senior who has participated in this event for the past three years. And Maple Conn, a student shavee who collected the greatest amount in donations this year.”


St. Baldrick’s Day shavees Sam Northcut (an ETHS student, left), and Gedion Yitref (ETHS science teacher) make the most of their new look with help from volunteer barbers Laura Nevrenchan (standing left) and Marvin Green. Green, an ETHS Academic Advisor, has been part of the St. Baldrick’s day event at the high school since its inception.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization, created the St. Baldrick's Day event as an opportunity for volunteers to collect pledges by shaving their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer who typically lose their hair during treatment.

For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, visit