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Students from Chiaravalle Montessori School, 425 Dempster St., hosted their third annual St. Baldrick’s event on Feb. 3.
The fundraiser honors Sophia Zematis, who is enrolled in kindergarten at Chiaravalle. Sophia was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015.
St. Baldrick’s events are dedicated to helping children with childhood cancer realize they’re not alone …volunteers often have their heads shaved so that kids who lose their hair during cancer treatments feel more comfortable in their battle against this dreaded disease. Others donate their hair to groups like Wigs for Kids or Children with Hair Loss, who use the donated hair to make wigs for children who have lost their hair to treatment or disease.
Surprisingly, all through treatment, Sophia has never lost her hair. This year, Sophia herself is donating a whopping 14 inches of hair to help other children like her who have lost their hair to cancer treatment. This was Sophia’s very first haircut and a very big event as she and her mom both cut their hair for the cause.
The Chiaravalle Kids Conquer Kids Cancer (CKCKC) Fundraiser has been overwhelmingly successful, raising more than $100,000 over the past two events. The event is student-led with Joshua Rein, an eighth grader, heading up the event for the third year in a row and Sarah Zematis, mother of Sophia, assisting. Joshua was joined by many friends, including Leo and Ralph Zematis, brothers of Sophia, in the head-lining, hair shaving event.