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5 Reasons to Shave Your Head on St. Patrick’s Day

March 3, 2020
3 min read
woman with St. Paddy's gear

Looking for a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day AND make a difference? Go bald and #DFYchildhoodCancers with the world’s largest private funder of pediatric cancer grants!

We are the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered childhood cancer charity that raises money for research through head-shaving events across the globe.

(We also got our start on St. Patrick’s Day, 20 years ago, when three guys shaved bald in a bar to raise money for kids’ cancer research. One of our founders, John Bender, shares how it all began!)

As the largest funder of childhood cancer research grants behind the United States government, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $282 million in grants to researchers working to give kids with cancer a better future.

Each bald head gets us closer to a cure for kids’ cancer. Sign up to shave today >

We think that’s a pretty good reason to join forces with us, but here are five more reasons why shaving with St. Baldrick’s on St. Paddy’s will rock your shamrocks!

1.  You’ll make a difference

You might not get a day dedicated to you like St. Patrick did, but you can make a big difference in the lives of kids with cancer. The dollars you raise through St. Baldrick’s go to fund grants for researchers doing great work around the world!

Learn more about the impact you make  >

2.  You can give hope by raising green

Woman with shaved head holds bundle of hair

St. Patrick’s Day is all about green — green duds, green swag, even green beer! But what’s more green than money? Gather the funds online or in a pot o’ gold (with or without the leprechaun) before your shave! Those dollars will support research to find better treatments for kids with cancer, so they can grow up to live long and healthy lives. And with all that green, we’re pretty sure you won’t get pinched. It’s a win-win!

We’re working hard to fill the funding gap in childhood cancer research. Learn more here >

3.  Pay homage to history

St. Baldrick’s Foundation was started by three guys who shaved their heads in a pub on St. Patrick’s Day, hence the name: St. BALDrick’s. They started with a goal of $17,000 and blew it out of the water, eventually raising more than $100,000 for childhood cancer research. You never know what might happen when you brave the shave!

Three guys walked into a bar — it’s not the start to a joke, it’s our history! Read about our roots >

4.  You’ll support the kids

Child touching shavee bald head

Kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, so we shave to raise funds for childhood cancer research and to show kids with cancer that they’re not alone. So go bald in solidarity with our heroes!

We exist to help kids with cancer live long and healthy lives. Read about our Honored Kids and our Ambassadors >

5.  It’s fun!

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a party? Shaving with St. Baldrick’s is like a party for good. And we can all get behind that! Besides, bald is beautiful!

You’re invited to the party! Join us >

shavees pose while wearing St. Patrick's Day glasses

With nearly 550 St. Baldrick’s events happening this March, you’ve got plenty of chances to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day by braving the shave.

Join us and #DFYchildhoodCancers with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration you’ll never forget. Sign up to shave or start your own event!