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A fundraiser for pediatric cancer last month at the Mc Gaw Y’s child care center raised nearly $25,000 and added 30 baldies to Evanston’s mix of hair-styles. There were performances from the Kinsela Academy of Irish Dance and this year’s Brillianteen cast and a heartfelt speech from the family of Ainsley Burns. Ainsley was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis at age 2.
Betsi Burns, Ainsley’s mother, said events such as this are important for every child diagnosed with cancer. “Twenty percent of children who are diagnosed with pediatric cancer do not make it and that’s twenty percent too many,” said Ms. Burns. “Thank goodness we have organizations like St. Baldrick’s in order for us to fight the battle for all of these little warriors who have earned their angel wings a little too soon.”
Washington Elementary school teacher, Rosalia McAndrew, one of the first volunteers to have her head shaved, said she knew the Burns family and others who were suffering from childhood cancer and that her participation was a way to show support.
“It has been very hard over the last few years,” said Ms. McAndrew. “This is my way to pay it forward.” Pictured here are just some of the volunteers who shaved their heads at the March fundraiser. Nineteen volunteers signed up beforehand and 11 were spur-of-the-moment shavees.