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Thirty-seven members of the Substance Abuse Program (SAP) at the Marion County Detention Center, along with a few staff members, participated in their very own head-shaving event Friday morning and raised $500 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
According to Melissa Hoisington, assistant director of the SAP program, MCDC is the first jail in the state of Kentucky to hold a St. Baldrick’s event. Hoisington said she recently taught a class to the SAP participants about giving back to the community, which is what led to the head-shaving event at the jail.
“This was their way to give back,” she said.
Brandon Wilson, the SAP director, said the event was extremely meaningful for him after watching his nephew – Landon Thompson – fight cancer. Thompson was the local St. Baldrick’s Ambassador child in 2011.
Wilson said his sons have participated in St. Baldrick’s and had their heads shaved in the past, but he’s never had the courage to do it, that is, until Friday.