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$9K Raised During Los Gatos High Inaugural St. Baldrick's Day

A total of 15 shavees lose their beautiful hair in the name of childhood cancer research; organizer student Olivia Flechsig donates 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love.

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.

Jane Darwin March 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM
What a fabulous response. Olivia is quite the leader-she is a Rotary Speech contest participant and as an area winner she competes next week in the finals. With such as her and all the others who are part of the "Baldricks" the future is really bright.
Dyan Chan March 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM
so nice to see teens so committed to helping out for a good cause!
Katherine Winkelman March 15, 2012 at 01:23 AM
How wonderful and exciting. You are all awesome
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz March 15, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I too have given tons of my hair! It's a Great Cause!
Maaliea Wilbur March 15, 2012 at 05:10 AM
What a great reason to go BALD! Happy St. Baldricks Day to you guys :)

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