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Whole lot of shaving going on!

February 21, 2010
CAMPTON—Sabrina Morton says the experience is actually quite invigorating, and the beautiful cancer survivor seemed to turning a lot of newly shaved heads Friday night at the Country Cow, where hundreds gathered to enjoy a rousing good time at the St. Baldrick's event to raise money for kids' cancer research.

As Sabrina and her cousin, Holly Cormeia, stepped into the hot seat to have their heads shaved, egged on by a roaring crowd of supporters and the driving rock rhythms of the North Country Blues Company, they each shed tears amidst the laughter and applause…because this was no ordinary haircut. It was one courageous step in the fight to conquer cancer, raising money and awareness for the cause. Sabrina said she was looking forward to explaining her new look to community members and acquaintances who might not be familiar with the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the head shaving movement to raise funds and express solidarity with cancer patients all over the world.

"It is amazing that so many people turned out to support this event tonight," said Morton. "I am so thrilled that we have so many people willing to do this. It is such a great feeling to make something positive out of what might not be such a good thing that some people have to go through."

Sabrina and her friend, hair stylist Chrissy Comeau, served as the catalyst for the event, sponsored by Brother Dave Builders in Alexandria. After Sabrina's cancer returned recently, Chrissy and Sabrina decided they wanted to do something positive in the face of the bad news. They knew just where to turn for help. Brother Dave's owner Rob Mcafee has been leading the charge to fight cancer since his brother Dave succumbed to the disease five years at 21 years of age. Mcafee says he took his brother's death very hard but found the will to overcome his grief when his wife suggested he carry on the brothers' construction company, and donate a portion of the company's profits to cancer research.

Since then, he has led the Brother Dave Builder's famous "green team" which has raised close to $20,000 for the St. Baldrick's event in Gilford each year. This year's kickoff event at the Country Cow was a first in the Plymouth area, greasing the wheels for another successful event coming up in Gilford in June. "We've been the top fundraising team in Gilford for four out of the last five years," said Mcafee. "Last year we were slightly edged out by another team, but we expect to come out on top this year once again. This kickoff event will really help. The turnout is unbelievable. It's good to see that the community comes out for a good cause even during these difficult economic times."

In addition to his efforts for St. Baldrick's, Mcafee also serves on the Board of Directors of Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive (KYMMA), a Plymouth area cancer patient's support group, and sponsors a fundraising dinner on November 17, brother Dave's birthday, every year at the Country Cow. He was given an award for his outstanding contributions during the proceedings Friday night, just before he went under the razor himself. He said that enough of his hair will grow back so that he can do it all over again at the big regional St. Baldrick's event in Gilford in June. Community members can make a contribution to the Brother Dave Builder's "green team" by visiting the website at www.brotherdavebuilders.com and clicking on the icon at the bottom of the screen, or call the office in Alexandria at 744-8050 for more information.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation uses the donations to fund more childhood cancer research than any organization in the world except the United States Government. St. Baldrick's started when three insurance executive's Tim Kenny, John Bender and Enda McDonnell turned their annual St. Patrick's Day party into a benefit for kids with cancer on March 17, 2000. Since then the event has taken off, growing into one of the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising programs for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's events in 24 countries and 50 U.S. states have raised over $68 million for cancer research and the movement is still growing. For more information on participating in the Gilford event, or to make a donation to the national foundation, visit the website at www.stbaldricks.org, call (888) 899-BALD (2253), or send a check to St. Baldrick's Foundation, 133 Mayflower Ave., Suite 400 Monrovia, CA 91016.

Martin Lord & Osman
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