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Head shaving fundraiser Saturday benefits childhood cancer research

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Local honor kid Jon Harrison invites the community to help Conquer Childhood Cancers! this Saturday with a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, North Main Street, will host a head shaving fundraiser this Saturday to benefit research on childhood cancers from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation headshaving event is open to the whole community. Last year the local St. Baldrick’s event shaved 23 heads and raised $6,900.

Ashley Sebastiani, the volunteer event organizer, said the goal this year is to more than double the number of heads shaved and raise $10,000 to help conquer childhood cancer.

The “honor child” for this year’s event is Jonathan Harrison, six years old from Ellijay, who attends kindergarten at North Ga. Christian Academy. Harrison was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia last year but is in treatment and doing well, according to Sebastiani. Harrison’s grandparents attend Mt. Zion church.

For anyone looking for a haircut, it’s not too late to get a real short one as part of the fundraiser. You can still sign up. The website is www.stbaldricks.org/events/MtZionJasper2015 to register.

Besides the head shaving for entertainment, the Mt. Zion children’s choir will sing and Jamie Hunter, a Christian country artist, will perform.

The event will have cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn and more.

Sebastiani said they are in need of a few more licensed barbers or cosmetologists. It's prom weekend and a lot of people we've contacted are booked up. Shifts are 10-12 and 12-2.

The benefit also has raffle tickets for sale this week at the Mt. Zion office in addition to the day of the event: $1 each, 6 for $5, 15 for $10 and 40 for $20. Prizes are listed on the website. 

To learn more about St. Baldrick’s, one of the largest funders for research grants, log on to StBaldricks.org.