Apr 11, 2014 9:36 AM by Steven Albritton
According to the St. Baldrick's foundation, every three minutes a child is diagnosed with some type of cancer. Now one local man is bringing that foundation into the heart of Acadiana with the help of the Acadiana Roller Girls.
Lance Simcik lost his father in 2013 after a fight with prostate cancer. During that time, he would shave his own head to support his dad while he was going through chemotherapy. In part to honor his father, Simcik is leading the charge to bring Saint Baldrick's to Lafayette.
"All proceeds go to childhood cancer research and the way that we raise money is through "shavees." It's a conscience decision by us, the volunteers and the community to shave our heads in solidarity for the children," Simcik said.
St. Baldrick's has granted more than $127 million dollars to research projects. Simcik says he hopes to add to that total over the next two weeks, and with the Acadiana Roller Girls jumping on board, at least one is literally going to make the cut.
"It's a big step and my boyfriends not happy about it either, but he'll be OK," Roller Girl Elizabeth "Spanky" Romero said with a laugh.
Romero isn't the only one shaving her head Saturday. Her whole family will join the cause and will have their hair but by a close family member. This fundraiser is especially close to them because Romero's father is a ten year survivor of throat cancer. She knows first hand how chemo can effect a loved one.
"It's touching to know that maybe I'm making a kid feel better and it's really awesome to know that there's someway I can help and that we don't always have to feel helpless in times like this." Romero said.
The pre-event fundraiser will be held at Top Shelf Sports at 6 p.m. in Youngsville during the Acadiana Roller Girls bout. It will be $12 at the door. Kids under 12 get in free.
The St. Baldrick's foundation fundraiser will be held at Parc Sans Souci Saturday, April 19th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the event you can go to their website here.