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Down, but not out

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By The Staff

Fewer shavees showed up this year, and less money was raised, but none of that changes the reason Marion County hosted its third St. Baldrick’s Saturday.

The intent of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is to raise money for children’s cancer research. Participants raise money by offering up their heads - well, the hair on their heads - to encourage donations.

Anyone who has ever known anyone who has gone through cancer treatments knows that chemotherapy results in hair loss. The head shaving is also a way for St. Baldrick’s participants to show emotional support for cancer patients.

As at least a few St. Baldrick’s participants can testify, losing your hair isn’t always an easy thing to do.

Citizens National Bank has organized the event each year and fielded a team (the CNB Baldies) of shavees every year as well.

When all was said and done Saturday, 65 people, including two women, had their heads shaved and more than $18,000 had been raised. And like hair, that money could continue to grow beyond the event.  Donations are still being accepted online. (Just go to www.stbaldricks.org/events and search for events in Lebanon, Ky., to contribute.)

A cookout, a karaoke contest and a road block provided additional revenue above and beyond the event itself, and Jim Reed of Citizens National Bank (who was recognized as one of last year’s top three individual fundraisers) indicated that the bank employees are more determined to do more for next year’s event.

That determination will likely include a few more creative ideas, such as the possibility of challenging a few well-known citizens to participate in the 2010 St. Baldrick’s event. (We have a few suggestions, by the way.)

All things considered, Marion County can be proud of its ongoing support of St. Baldrick’s.

To anyone who participated this year, be sure to keep plenty of sunscreen handy.

And to anyone thinking of participating next year, just remember that hair grows back ... usually.