March 14, 2021 6 min read
St. Patrick's Day is not just all about dressing up and celebrating your leprechaun-like beard.
Has COVID-19 made it difficult for you to get your regular hair cut? How about turning it into an opportunity to support people who are battling cancer on St. Patrick’s Day? Shaving your hair is a bold statement of your commitment to a cancer-free future and a powerful way to raise awareness. It is one of the kindest and bravest gestures an individual can do to honor cancer fighters across the globe.
Believe me. You can do something more than tossing back drinks with friends or colleagues during a feast such as St. Patrick’s Day. With some online research, you can learn about St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, which raises money for research to find cures for children with cancer. If you decide to go for it, you will have the full support of Naked Armor in making a difference by braving a shave on St. Patrick’s Day.
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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with your friends can be fun with drinks; but more fun knowing that you are capable of helping on the same day.
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is celebrating self-compassion and kindness.
— D'Rock, Naked Armor Founder
You might be wondering where did St. Baldrick come from and why does it sound like St. Patrick. Well, like several world-changing ideas, St. Baldrick’s Foundation started in a pub. Three friends challenged each other to shave their heads bald at a St. Patrick’s Day party to raise money for kids fighting cancer.
The three friends raised $104,000 and resulted in nineteen shaven heads that they thought even more extensive. Getting back to how St. Baldrick was formed, the concept of “baldness” and “St. Patrick’s Day” fused, and “St. Baldrick” was born in 2000. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has flourished into the world’s biggest volunteer-powered, donor-centered fundraising program for childhood cancer research.
St. Baldrick's mission is to deliver funding to the best research so that children can dare to dream and be who they want to be when they grow up, to give them strength, and support the best cancer treatments for them.
St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events are brought together globally, where brave, and kind volunteers shave their heads to stand in solidarity with children who are battling cancer and generously raise money to support life-saving research.
"For more than 20 years, St. Baldrick's participants and donors have been working to see that kids with cancer have better treatment options. Our goal is not to give kids five more years, but to give kids a lifetime," says Becky Chapman Weaver, Chief Mission's Officer of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. "By funding research at every stage, from early discovery to clinical trials, we are giving kids with cancer and their families hope. We want kids to know that thousands of St. Baldrick's supporters are always fighting for them."
Since its establishment, no less than 10,000 head-shaving events in 25 countries and 50 U.S. states, 450,000 supporters, including 59,000 women, braved a beautiful bald head to honor the little cancer warriors who have been strong throughout their lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s Foundation has committed more than $200 million to fund research to develop treatments for all children with cancer.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation believes that children with cancer are as special as those who don’t have to live with it and that they need treatments that strengthen them to go on with life with us. That begins with our support and funding research to grant these children what they truly deserve.
You can join at StBaldricks.org to make a difference.
Many are still asking how cancer patients lose their hair. It's not cancer that causes hair loss—it is the treatments.
Chemotherapy uses medical drugs that are strong enough to attack growing cancer cells and healthy growing cells, including those in the hair roots. This causes hair loss in the scalp, and its level is dependent on the strength of the drugs used and the cancer stage.
Hair loss is one of the side effects for individuals diagnosed with cancer and what they fear happening in the course of their treatments. Some even fear more losing their hair than the complications of chemotherapy. Unfortunately, while undergoing chemotherapy, the chance of hair loss is very likely in cancer.
Hair begins falling out after two to four weeks starting off the treatment. The patient will often see clumps of hair in the hairbrush, pillow, or shower drain. It could fall out gradually, and little by little, they accept living this side effect of the treatments.
However, due to the rising number of supporters who shave their heads to honor these individuals’ bravery with cancer, this gesture makes them feel that they are not alone, that nothing changed at all aside from the fact that they lost their hair. It makes them think that they are just as beautiful when they have their hair. Shaving one’s hair has been a gesture of support for many cancer patients.
You will make a difference.
It doesn’t matter to you that St. Patrick’s Day is not about you because you give more importance to the great things that you can do for children with cancer—shaving your head and making them feel that they are never alone! The dollars you generously raise through St. Baldrick’s go to fund grants for lifesaving research to develop the best treatments. If this is not making a difference, I don’t know what is.
You will give hope to children.
Kids with cancer lose their hair during treatment, so raising funds for childhood cancer research will make them know that they have something huge to look forward to in the future. You’re giving them a chance to dream big and be who they want to be with your passion for providing support and hope. So go bald in solidarity with our brave children.
You will have fun helping.
What better way to get enjoyment on St. Patrick’s Day than with a party? Shaving with St. Baldrick’s is like a party for good! If you’ve been planning to shave your head before knowing all of these, doing it in one of St. Baldrick’s events is the best decision. You’ve got great chances to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by braving the shave!
Not all heroes wear cape. They have hair and ready to give it up for children with cancer.
(Photo Credit: Bridget Bennett/Las Vegas
If you feel like doing it, you might as well consider the environment too in choosing your perfect weapon in shaving your head. Choose as well a better option than an electric shaver. Electric shavers do not shave as closely as straight razors, so you may not achieve that smooth finish. Plus, they need rechargeable batteries if not an electrical outlet. You do not want it to die in the middle of a shave if not adequately charged, don’t you?
You might want to check our Straight Razor Complete Kits and Straight Razors that will deliver the best head shave you want for St. Patrick’s Day. Our straight razor line-ups all provide the closest shave for a more extended period than other razors. You also have free access to Naked Armor reads, where you can get some notes on how you can shave your head with a straight razor.
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