Volunteers gathered Sunday at the second-annual head-shaving event hosted at the Red Jug Pub in Brockport.
As people were brave for a shave, the real heroes that inspired the event are those battling pediatric cancer.
“It’s an honor, this is something I look forward to every year,” co-owner of The Red Jug Pub, Tom Terwilliger, said. “Every time we meet people that absolutely inspire you to do it again and again and again.”
Families shared their personal battles to support the cause.
“This is Evan, Evan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia,” honoree speaker Diane Valentine said. “He spent 188 days in Golisano Children’s Hospital, and on Feb. 21 of 2021, he gained his angel wings.”
They hope to support research efforts in speeding up the search for cures and raise $10,000 in partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
“The money is going towards a good purpose, even if you just donate it, come and support people and donate money, that’s great too,” participant Jenna Torres said.
Participants contributed through monetary donations, getting their head shaved or even providing their own free service.
“Anybody that can help with something like this, yeah it’s a negative thing, but it brings a positive light to everybody around it,” barber Tyler Quaranto said. “So many people are helping and doing such a good thing.”
Volunteers walked away with a new look and a message to share with others.
“Help save somebody, help make a difference in someone’s life,” Quaranto said. “Especially the children they’re the future, so we got to look out for them.”