HIGHLAND | Bald was beautiful Sunday during a St. Baldrick’s event in the parking lot at Traditions Restaurant and Pub.
“My children are healthy. This is a way to give back,” said David Zumm of Highland, one of sponsors of the fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The organization funds research for a cure to childhood cancer.
Gail and Mark Spain, owners of Traditions, gave their blessing to holding the event in the restaurant’s parking lot, he said. A total of $16,500 was raised.
Sunday’s event honored Amber, a Highland teen who was diagnosed in November with Hodgkin Lymphoma and was cancer-free by January, said Christie Zumm, David’s wife.
“St. Baldrick’s doesn’t want us to reveal a child’s full name,” she said.
The Zumm family was joined in sponsoring the event by friends Melissa Arvia of Munster and Aaron and Nicole Jadernak of Lansing.
Sponsors chose the theme of “Hose Out Cancer” because David Zumm is a Harvey firefighter and Aaron Jadernak is a Lansing firefighter.
“We really need to beat this thing,” David Zumm said as men, women and children lined up to become “shavees.”
“We had 35 people sign up to have their heads shaved, and we’ve already had seven walk in and that’s within the first 45 minutes,” he said.
One of those walk-ins, Nathan Cashman of Munster said “serendipity” brought him to the St. Baldrick’s event for a really close haircut.
“We were supposed to be on vacation, but we had to cancel it,” Young said. “I’m here because it’s for kids with cancer.”
Erin Frank of Crown Point was one of the women who went for a new “do” and raised $215 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
“It’s for a good cause. I don’t want kids with cancer to feel alone when they are losing their hair,” said Frank as she held a pony tail of her once-long red hair to donate for wigs.
Jared Carroll, 13, of Schererville, also helped raise more than $150 from family and friends for the effort.
When he returns Monday to 7th grade classes at Grimmer Middle School in Schererville, Carroll will be sporting a shaved head.
“No one in our family is affected by cancer,” said his mom, Nina Brown. “It’s something he just decided to do.”