West U Residents Shave Heads For Childhood Cancer Research

April 26, 2010

At 4:22 p.m. on April 22, Hannah Dyer-Holzhauer and Christine Bartram, both West U residents, shaved their heads in solidarity for all children who have been diagnosed with cancer this year.

The two friends attended St. Agnes Academy together, where they got involved in doing charity work. Dyer-Holzhauer and Bartram decided to hold a “shave rave” at the same time at both of their schools on Earth Day.

Dyer-Holzhauer attends Austin College in Sherman, TX and Bartram attends Newnham College at Cambridge University.

The event at Austin College resulted in nine women and seven men, shaving their heads, Dyer-Holzhauer said.

Dyer-Holzhauer said shaving her head feels great and crazy at the same time.

“I can’t imagine how it is for the children with cancer, having not even the little fuzz we have,” she said. “I’m just glad I can be making a difference for them, especially in what I feel is such a small way.”

Dyer-Holzhauer donated her hair after it was cut off on April 22. She said people don’t recognize her when they first see her.

“I can see, just in how people don’t recognize me at first now, that hair is almost everything in our looks and how people perceive us,” she said. “It makes it that much more powerful for us to be standing with these children, giving up voluntarily what they have no choice about losing, letting go of our vanity for a short while to experience a piece of something with which these kids have to deal sometimes for years.”

Together, Dyer-Holzhauer and Bartram have raised $5,000 for St. Baldricks Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides grants for childhood cancer, and are committed to raising $7,000 more by June 22.

To make a donation, go to www.stbaldricks.org/teams/shaverave.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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