St. Baldrick might not be a recognized saint, but that didn’t stop compassionate staff members and their well-wishers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center from offering themselves – and their hair – to the cause of eliminating childhood cancers.

Adrian Mazur, hospital chaplain, returned to the barber’s chair once again. At last year’s St. Baldrick’s Day event, he sported long, beautiful locks reminiscent of boy bands from the 1960s.This year, his hair was quite a bit shorter, but his generosity was just as great.

When asked how it felt to see all of his hair scattered on the floor, Mr. Mazur said, “I wanted to be here today to show my solidarity with young people who are fighting so bravely against these diseases. I feel wonderful…it’s a great honor to be here today.”

Also facing the scissors was Tom Laidlaw, retired New York Rangers defenseman, and a recent participant in the popular TV reality show, Survivor.

“These children fight so bravely to beat their disease,” said Mr. Laidlaw. “It’s a great feeling to be part of such an important event.”

On hand to lend his support was Jeffrey Lipton, MD, chief, hematology/oncology, at Cohen Children’s. When asked about the importance of the day, Dr. Lipton said, “We’re here to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. It’s great to be a part of St. Baldrick’s Day at Cohen Children’s.”

As a leading center of pediatric oncology, Cohen Children’s sees more than 200 new cases of childhood cancer every year. This results in hundreds of childhood cancer survivors requiring ongoing care. As the haircuts were taking place in the Atrium, children could be seen looking down from their vistas on the patient floors above; they waved and cheered enthusiastically as many of their doctors stepped up to be shaved.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, founded in 1999, is dedicated to raising funds and awareness of pediatric cancer. All events are hosted by volunteers who bring supporters together to shave or be shaved. To date, it is estimated that St. Baldrick’s Day events have raised over $118 million for life-saving childhood cancer research.

Submitted by Northwell Health.

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