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Going Bald for Bisaga

Pictures Andrew Bisaga shaves Father Sammie Maletta's head.


Several brave St. John the Evangelist School students will be shaving their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer at the St. Baldrick’s event hosted by the NICK Foundation from noon  to 4 p.m. Sunday at 2193 W 84th Place, Merrillville. Students were inspired to participate to show their support for their fellow classmate, seventh grader Andrew Bisaga, who is battling Osteosarcoma cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy and recently surgery.

Last month before Andrew’s surgery, his Pastor, the Rev. Sammie L. Maletta, let Andrew shave his head in a show of support since no one fights cancer alone. SJE’s Team Captain, Dawn Czarnik, started the Bald for Bisaga team to raise money since childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded.

“We decided to do something about it by raising money for cures. Plus, it will be fun to see all these people shave their heads for Andrew.” Czarnik said.

“I chose to shave my head not only because I am Andrew’s best friend, but because I want to experience what he and everyone else is going through while experiencing the horrible disease of cancer," Seventh-grader Storm Czarnik said. "To support Andrew, I want to experience one of the many side effects of chemotherapy to show that he is not alone and he can count on me. Although losing hair is not the worst side effect of cancer, losing my hair is the most I could do for a friend in need."

For more information or to donate, visit or call St. Baldrick’s directly at 888-899-225.


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