May 15, 2013

Before the event.

Bald is Beautiful!

Childhood cancer is no laughing matter. But that doesn’t mean that raising money to find a cure can’t be fun! Just ask Julie Boughter, LPN field nurse at Epic’s Downingtown branch.

“In April, I was one of over 200 people who had gathered for one reason: to raise money to find a cure for kids battling cancer,” said Julie.

And the way Julie and her fellow fundraisers decided to do this was by shaving their heads!

“People would often ask if I was scared to shave my head,” said Julie. “But it’s just hair. It will grow back.”

Jack, Julie’s client, isn’t sure what to make of the new hairdo.

While Julie has not been personally affected by cancer, she has a close friend who has. In celebration of Julie’s friend’s five-year cancer-free anniversary, both women decided to shave their heads at one of St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events. So far, the event has raised over $85,000.

The event also raised another valuable resource: human hair. Julie was able to donate her 10-inch braid to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which helps women fighting cancer get real-hair wigs.

“I am lucky to be cancer-free, and if shaving my head helps raise money and bring awareness to this great cause, then that is the least I can do,” said Julie.

So far, Julie has raised over $1,500 for St. Baldrick’s, and her fundraising page will continue to accept donations throughout the year.