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Education

Glenbard West students, staff raise money for cancer research through Brave the Shave

GLEN ELLYN — More than 30 Glenbard West High School students and staff members participated in the third annual Brave the Shave event March 11 to raise money for childhood cancer research.

As part of the event, participants had their heads shaved to show support for children with cancer while gathering donations from others in the community for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which partnered with the Glenbard West Key Club to bring the event to the school.

This was the third year senior Alishan Gaglani had his head shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research.

"I figured it was for a really good cause — kids' cancer, how can you say no to that?" Gaglani said.

This year's Brave the Shave raised about $3,500 in online donations alone. Cash and check donations were not yet counted at the time of the event. The school raised $10,000 through its previous two Brave the Shave events.

The event took place at 2 p.m. March 11 in the Glenbard West auditorium, 670 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.

Staff members who participated this year include two English teachers, Steve Wiersum and Mike Kolodziej.

This was Wiersum's second time participating, and after he had his head shaved, he left to pick up another person who wanted to participate: his 9-year-old son Calvin, who decided on his own he wanted to have his head shaved to support childhood cancer research.

Kolodziej was part of Brave the Shave for the first time this year after learning a former student had been diagnosed with cancer.

The hair salons who lent their services for the event included Busy Bee Barber Shop in Glen Ellyn, Linea in Glen Ellyn and Hair Cuttery in Wheaton.

Maggie Freda, social studies teacher and Key Club sponsor, organized Brave the Shave and said it's a nice way for students themselves to get involved with a cause that has probably affected them or someone they know.

And as student and third-time participant Gaglani put it, it's a small sacrifice to pay for a great cause.

"In the end, it's just hair," Gaglani said.

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