BALD FOR A CAUSE
Greenwood woman shaves head to raise awareness, honor son
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:21 AM
Greenwood’s Sarah Bucciero gets her head shaved to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave event in Boston. Bucciero decided to take part to honor the legacy of her late son, Carter Bucciero. (SUBMITTED)
Greenwood’s Sarah Bucciero is ready to share with strangers in the check-out line why she has no hair.
“People will ask why I am bald and I will tell them that I shaved my head to raise money for pediatric cancer awareness and oncology research,” Bucciero said. “I can share Carter’s story. He shaved his head, so I figure I can shave mine.”
On July 27, Bucciero, 39, was one of 46 mothers who converged on Boston to “get bald,” on behalf of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps fund childhood cancer research. Bucciero is one of St. Baldrick’s 46 Mommas Class of 2014 team members, and was part of the foundation’s fifth annual St. Baldrick’s 46 Mommas: Shave for the Brave event at The Prudential Center in Boston.
On average, 46 families each weekday receive news that a child has cancer, according to St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The 46 Mommas team was created in 2010 with a goal of raising $1 million for pediatric cancer research and has raised $1.4 million to date. By the morning of the “big shave,” Bucciero had raised just more than $6,000, putting her in the top five fundraisers on the team.
She said if she moved ahead in a fundraising bracket by $300 before the event she would not only have her head shaved but also dye her hair pale blue in honor of her son Carter, who lost his cancer battle with stage 3 anaplastic Astrocytoma Glioma in August 2012, at age 3.
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