In North Dakota, it’s hip to be bald — especially in March. That’s when people become walking billboards for the quest to find a cure for children’s cancer. As the state enters the fifth year of hosting its annual St. Baldrick’s fund-raising event, organizers are hoping to create another buzz.
Originally started by Basin Electric, the annual hair-shaving event has grown into a statewide fundraiser for pediatric cancer research and fellowships. This year’s event is cosponsored by MDU Resources Group, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), Great River Energy, Starion Financial, Kadramas, Lee & Jackson, and Basin Electric.
Since the event came to North Dakota in 2008, nearly 700 volunteers have shaved their heads in solidarity of children with cancer. In the four events Bismarck-Mandan has hosted, more than $500,000 has been raised for childhood cancer research and fellowships. Watch the video.
This year’s event will be held March 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Missouri Valley Family YMCA.