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Shaving Against Cancer In Plainview

Students, teachers and members of the community shaved their heads to help raise money for childhood cancer research for the Second Annual St. Baldrick’s event that was held at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview on Tuesday, March 25.

Seventh grader David Fuggini was inspired to bring St. Baldrick’s to his school last year. Fuggini became involved with the St. Baldrick’s event four years ago when he started to shave his head with his cousins, and has been doing it every year since.     

“The cause really hit home to me because two years ago my uncle passed away from lymphoma,” he explained.

With help from guidance counselor, David Goldberg, Fuggini decided that it was time to bring a St. Baldrick’s event to Plainview in order to start raising awareness and money for childhood cancer research. Fuggini and Goldberg organized the event and were able to have essentially everything for the event donated.

“Last year was a big success,” said Fuggini. “We helped so many kids, and this year I’m hoping we got more money for the kids. My hope in all of this is that we can change some kids’ lives who have it pretty bad right now.”

If students raise more than $50 on the St. Baldrick’s website, or get their head shaved, they receive a St. Baldrick’s t-shirt. The first year of the St. Baldrick’s event, the school raised more than $40,000, according to Goldberg.

People were crowded in front of the salon chairs to watch the participants shave the hair off their heads for a good cause. Cactus Salon was at the event to assist in shaving more than 100 heads.  

“There’s going to be a lot of baldies running around Plainview tomorrow,” said Goldberg.

Raffle tickets were one ticket for $1, six tickets for $5, twelve for $10, and 25 for $20. There were up to 67 prizes available, including three grand prizes that included one free week of summer camp at Frozen Ropes, four tickets to a New York Islanders game, and four tickets to a New York Mets game.

The event had over 90 organizations that donated different goods and food that were raffled off, according to Goldberg. Moe’s Southwest Grill was also at the event giving away chips and salsa.

All of the donations and raffle giveaways were organized solely by David’s mother, Debbie Fuggini.

“Without the involvement of Debbie, there would be no St. Baldrick’s event,” said Goldberg.

The Youth Against Cancer Club, which raises cancer awareness year-round, came from the high school to support the event. The students from the club were there to help with the charity from putting tattoos on kids, to selling homemade baked goods.

Besides the fun aspect of the event, Goldberg believes that the students were also excited about raising cancer awareness throughout the community.

“I think that it is unfortunate that a lot of our students and their families have been hit with cancer in some way,” said Goldberg. “This event gives them a chance to come out and stand tall.”

Although it is only the second annual event, Goldberg expects many more St. Baldrick’s events to come. Fuggini has intentions of holding this event every year, even when he is a student at the high school.

“I’m going to organize it as long as I can,” he said.