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It's a Close Shave at Wilton High Fundraiser

WILTON, Conn. – An unusual sight greeted visitors to the Wilton High School cafeteria Tuesday night as dozens of high school boys had their heads shaved.

As part of a fundraising effort, the boys and some teachers signed up to help St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that funds grants for childhood cancer research.

So far, the 64 participants signed up have raised more than $17,000, about $2,000 beyond their goal. “The number keeps going up,” said Sean Roberts.

Roberts, 16-year-old junior, is organizing the event for the first time this year. “I’m really excited to see it all come together,” Roberts said as he watched the participants head into the cafeteria and grab their T-shirts and hats.

It was all boys this year, although Roberts said that in the past some girls got pixie cuts.

Most of the participants are students at the high school, and Roberts said that is a way the school community can bond and learn more about cancer. JD Tamucci, a junior, has a cousin who has been fighting cancer for years. “That was the main reason I started getting involved.”

Another junior has a closer connection to cancer – his mother. “She finished chemo last year,” Mike LaSala said. “I definitely saw how nasty it was. But I can’t imagine how it is for a kid.”

Matt Kehoe, father of 14 year-old Kieran, said, “I think for them as children, their life is pretty easy here in Wilton. So it’s good for them to sacrifice something. I’m proud, both by the sacrifice and by the effort made to raise the funds.”

This is the second year Patrick Amodei’s son Ryan, 16, has participated in St. Baldrick’s. “How can you not be proud as heck of him?” he said. “I can’t see him not doing it again.”

And the cut isn’t just short, the professional barbers are using 000 blades. “It’s about as short as you can go without using a straight blade – which we can’t do,” Sherry Greico said. Greico works with Branchfield Hair Design in Ridgefield, who donated her time for the event.

The event must have licensed barbers to do the cutting.

After his hair was gone, Roberts said that it was cold — “but it’s a good cold.”

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