By Ron Matz

DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ) — A lot of people in Baltimore will be losing their hair soon, and it’s all for a good cause.

Ron Matz has more on an upcoming event that will raise money to help conquer cancer in kids.

They were being clipped for a good cause. At the Eastview Fire Station, Tony DeCesare lost his locks to help the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

“I feel about five pounds lighter with less hair. It’s been almost a year and a half since my last haircut,” said Tony DeCesare, volunteer.

The mission is to raise funds to help conquer kids’ cancer.

“I originally was going to donate my hair. I went online and looked at the organization, found out what they’re all about and I decided it would be a good experience in trying to raise awareness. Then my son Hunter said ‘I’ll do it too,’ so it’s kind of like a family thing,” said DeCesare. “It’s great. The whole point about giving back, that’s the important thing, to pass that down to my son.”

“Usually, I follow my dad’s steps and do things he does, and so I might pass this on to my kids when they grow up,” said Hunter DeCesare, age 10.

The big clip happens Sunday, March 6 at Martin’s East from 1 a.m. until 6 p.m.

“It’s free to get in. We have a bunch of activities, including carnival games and raffles. We’re hoping for 200 shavees and hope to raise $100,000. That’s our goal,” said Dan Jarkiewicz, St. Baldrick’s event organizer. “Our opening ceremonies include ‘Honor Kids,’ local kids who are battling or have battled cancer. We just want to honor them and say we’re shaving our heads in solidarity with them and the things that they go through.”

Tracie is 10 and a St. Baldrick’s Honor Child.

“I absolutely love St. Baldrick’s. I was a shavee last year. I think it’s a great foundation to bring awareness. Losing your hair is one of the biggest parts of going through chemotherapy. The solidarity in being bald with the children that have to go through this, I think it’s absolutely awesome,” said Natalie Lewis, cancer survivor’s mom. “Tracie is an awesome kid. She has gone through her chemotherapy with the most courage and the most grace I think I’ve ever seen. She’s an absolutely wonderful kid. I cannot say enough about her. Currently, she’s receiving her maintenance chemotherapy. We have no more tumors at this time, so we’re excited.”

“Everybody gets their heads shaved up on stage. The families can support and watch them. We take before and after pictures and it’s really a great thing,” said Jarkiewicz.

For more information about St. Baldrick’s and the March 6 event at Martin’s East, click here.


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