Home » Bald is Beautiful Head Shaving Fundraiser Recognizes the Courage of Young Cancer Patients
May 30, 2009 – Texas Children’s Cancer Center
by Corbin Dodge
Craig Waibel and Waibel’s Warriors decided it was time to officially recognize the beauty of baldness … and recognize the courage of pediatric cancer patients. To raise money for childhood cancer research and honor his friends that have lost their hair at an even younger age than he did, Waibel and his fans hosted the 1st Annual “Bald is Beautiful” celebration at Robertson Stadium on May 30 from 5-7:30 PM prior to the Dynamo game against Toronto FC.
The event raised money by having volunteers offer to have their heads shaved in exchange for donations from friends. “Shavees” collected a minimum of $100 in donations to participate. Besides getting their hair done “Waibel” style, shavees received a game ticket and a commemorative T-shirt. The event honored several Waibel friends (young soccer players and fans) who are currently receiving cancer treatment: Blake Lieberman, Natalia Lopez, Rudolfo Ramirez, and Jonathan O’Malley.
The follicularly challenged Waibel was excited about this event, “It’s about time we recognize the beauty of baldness,” he laughed. However, on a more serious note, he explained his commitment to the event, “These kids ARE beautiful. Losing their hair for a while does not change who they are. They’re so strong. They don’t let cancer take away their beauty, their sense of humor, or their spirit.”
Craig looked forward to his role as one of the barbers for “Bald is Beautiful.” “I cut my own hair so I am going to be out there making sure things get done right. I don’t want anybody ending up with more hair than me.”
Waibel and the Warriors set a goal of raising $25,000 from the event to support the fight against childhood cancer. Donations are still being accepted and may be mailed to:
c/o Lisa McCoy
Texas Children’s Cancer Center
6701 Fannin St., Ste. 1510
Houston, TX 77030
Checks should be made out to Nick’s Team. Donations are tax deductible. Learn more at www.cccfund.org