Home » Bald Men for Others: Strake Jesuit Students are Crusading Against Cancer!
May 21, 2010 – Curing Children’s Cancer Fund
Strake Jesuit Men for Others, senior Bucky Ribbeck and freshman Thomas Heiberger, were once very bald but still very beautiful (…just ask them!). As cancer survivors they endured chemotherapy, long hospital stays, missed school, and hair loss. Through the tough times, though, they received plenty of encouragement from their follicularly challenged friend and professional soccer player Craig Waibel.
Now they would like to help Waibel honor pediatric cancer patients by raising $25,000 for research as part of the 2nd Annual “Bald is Beautiful” celebration which will take place before the Houston Dynamo-Philadelphia Union game on May 29 at Robertson Stadium. The event will raise money by having volunteers shave their heads in exchange for donations from friends Tom and Bucky are prepared to put their hair on the line, and if they reach their fundraising goal, Strake Jesuit Dean of Students Kelly Clemons has offered to join them in getting their hair cut “freshman style.”
“For some of the kids, hair loss is the worst part of therapy,” observes Ribbeck. “But for me, it was not a big deal. It was just Eagle Week of Freshman Year all over—except my eyebrows did not fall out back then. During treatment I also discovered that I inherited my dad’s lousy hairline, so it’s a look I need to get used too.”
Heiberger is excited about helping Waibel,” He is always at the hospital and always has time for the patients and families. He is a real friend, but I think he was jealous when my hair came back.”
Waibel is thrilled by Dean Clemon’s offer to support Bald is Beautiful 2. “The biggest donation we received last year was to see a middle school principal shave his head. He raised $10,000. Dean Clemons has got to be worth that!”
On a serious note, Waibel is proud to partner with his Jesuit friends. “The motto, Men for Others, is what impresses me most about Jesuit. It’s how I try to live. Tom and Bucky are truly Men for Others and I am privileged to have them as friends.”
You can join Bucky, Tom and Craig in celebrating “baldness” from 5-7 PM before the Dynamo-Union game on May 29. If you want to be a “shavee” just collect a minimum of $100 in donations. Besides getting a good haircut, you will receive a game ticket and a commemorative T-shirt. If you want to hand on to your hair, you can still get a ticket and a T-shirt with a $100 donation.
Pictured: “Bald Men for Others” – Bucky Ribbeck, Craig Waibel and Thomas Heiberger gather in front of the St. Ignatius statue. Even St. Ignatius knew that “Bald is Beautiful”…his hairline matches Ribbeck’s and Waibel’s!
Learn more about the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund at www.cccfund.org