Two good friends have decided to make a sacrifice of their own to bring more awareness to childhood cancer.
Amanda Tugman, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina and Abigail Clampett, a senior at Ashe County High School, will be shaving their heads as part of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation campaign to raise money to help research and provide care to those youngsters fighting cancer.
“In October, Abby and I, and hopefully a lot of other people are going to shave our heads to raise money for childhood cancer,” said Tugman. “It will take place somewhere in Chapel Hill and our fundraising goal for the whole event is $5,000.”
Tugman played tennis at ACHS while Clampett has been a member of the women’s soccer team.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the second largest financial supporter of childhood cancer research in the country, second only to the federal government. According to their website, the foundation raised $17.6 million in 2008, $16.9 million in 2009, $22.2 million in 2010, $27.4 million in 2011 and $33.4 million last year.
Statistics show that 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and cancer kills more children in the United States than any other disease. Unfortunately, less than four percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is directed to childhood cancer research.
Tugman met someone else who was going to shave their head and thought this would be a great idea for her to do and try to find others to join in to help such a great cause.
“I feel like when you think of cancer, you never really think about kids and babies having it. So when you think about it and put it in perspective, what’s my hair compared to what they are fighting?” said Tugman.
For Abigail, her decision to do this was on a more personal level.
“My grandparents had cancer and my grandma died of lung cancer and I thought about how much pain she went through and thought about little kids having to go through it too,” said Clampett.
Last year, ACHS students participated in a similar fundraiser. Students took part in “Hat Day” which helped raise $250 for the cause.
As part of the upcoming head shaving, a quilt made by Amanda’s sister, Ashley Hinton, will be raffled off with tickets costing $5 each or three for $10. Tickets will be sold through October.
As of now, Amanda and Abigail have already raised $1,285 with over a month to go for people to continue donating. People can donate in person or do it online. The duo have also recruited eight more people to join them in shaving their heads.
Chelsea Colvard, who works at Becky & Company in Jefferson is the head barber for the shaving. She will have help from her friend Autumn Yokeley.
To donate, visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/hairfreez.