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Shaving heads, a few beards, to benefit children's cancer research

Travis Galliher, this year's second leading fundraiser, has his head shaved by Sophia Hays at Looney's Pub in Bel Air Saturday to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds research of childhood cancer.
Travis Galliher, this year's second leading fundraiser, has his head shaved by Sophia Hays at Looney's Pub in Bel Air Saturday to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds research of childhood cancer. (Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun)

The stage at Looney’s Pub in Bel Air was covered with hair Saturday afternoon, when more than 35 people had their heads shaved to benefit children’s cancer research.

More than $24,000 was raised at the Looney’s event to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation — the money goes to fund research of children’s cancer, the head-shaving is done to show solidarity with cancer patients.

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Another St. Baldrick’s fundraiser is scheduled for Bill Batemen’s Bistro in Havre de Grace from noon to 6 p.m. on March 31. More than $26,000 has already been raised through that event.

The Bel Air event at Looney’s was created to honor a great young man, firefighter, son and friend Andrew "Drew" Eilbacher, according to the fundraising page.

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Antonio Martinez has his head and beard shaved by Cyndi Harris at Looney's Pub in Bel Air Saturday to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds research of childhood cancer. Martinez was also planning to donate his pony tail to Lock of Love.
Antonio Martinez has his head and beard shaved by Cyndi Harris at Looney's Pub in Bel Air Saturday to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds research of childhood cancer. Martinez was also planning to donate his pony tail to Lock of Love. (Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun)

“Drew always loved a great party and we could think of no better way to honor him than to throw a big party every year that raises money to FIGHT KIDS' CANCER,” the page reads.

Since starting in 2012 those fundraisers have raised more than $224,000 and the event has grown into something special where local families and friends gather to honor or support various loved ones who have fought or are fighting cancer.

Those honored include Jason Vest, Domonic Osorio, Madison Summer Lynn Corcoran-Narup. Cancer survivors supported by the event include Adam Sparr and Mason H.

This year, 8-year-old Konnor White had his head shaved in honor of a girl who died of cancer at 3 ½ years old in 2013.

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The top fundraisers this year were Mike Crocker, $1,717; Travis Galliher, $1,633; and Thomas Kuser, $1,210.

The top teams were Drew's Crew, $7,438; Adams Avengers, 3,999.80; and Soul, $3,904.

There is still time to register for the Havre de Grace head-shaving event at https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/10900/2018.

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