Students at Los Gatos High School raised more than $9,300 for childhood cancer research during their inaugural St. Baldrick's event Tuesday.
"It went really well. It was really successful," said , 17, who participated along with 15 of her friends who got buzzed during lunchtime in the school's gymnasium to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Olivia, who was going to shave her beautiful brown locks if she met her $7,500 goal ended up cutting 10 inches off her 2½-feet-long hair to donate it to the Locks of Love organization.
She raised $2,300. "I'm really happy with the amount of money we raised."
About 75 people watched and cheered as the 15 shavees, which includedAssistant Principal Rob Bobeda, subjected themselves to electric hair clippers maneuvered by volunteer hair stylists Lori Rogers, Donna Calise, Cliff Hibbitts, and Melissa Vuckovich. Some of the volunteers were from the and
The event was organized by the school's newly formed Gold Ribbon Club. Olivia and student and two of the shavees, helped coordinate the activities along with other volunteers.
According to parent volunteer Lu Ann Flechsig, Vuckovich is a LGHS parent and a cancer survivor, too. She actually shaved Lu Ann's daughter Natalie's head when she was in chemo after being diagnosed at age 18 with osteosarcoma. She's now 22 and has been in remission for three years.