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Dave Moller: Shaving heads to support kids with cancer

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, when I often sported shoulder-length hair, my father would come to me about three times a year with a $5 bill in his hand and a desperate plea.

“I don’t care if you grow it down to your (derriere), but go get a haircut today, your mother is all over me!”

I would take the money and dutifully comply to keep the family peace. It was also a way to get a cheap haircut.

I’ll be getting that inexpensive shearing again at noon Saturday, when my son, Steven Moller, and I have our heads shaved for charity at the Grass Valley Fire Department hall on Sierra College Drive. We’ll be doing it with a bunch of other local people and Grass Valley firefighters who signed us up with the national St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which fights children’s cancer.

The idea is to bond with the kids who have lost their hair to cancer treatment and to let them know they are not alone in their struggle. Having the event on St. Patrick’s Day injects fun into the event which deals with a not-so-fun subject.

Steven and I will also be bonding on a more personal note with his brother and my son, Benjamin Moller, who is virtually bald due to military service and soon to leave for Iraq. We will also be paying homage to my deceased parents, who believed in giving back to the community and cutting hair for the general peace.

The crew from Hair Brained will be doing the ceremonial shearing, and the Denny Russell Band will provide free music for dancing and hanging out from noon to 3 p.m.

You can also get a free hot dog or some pizza thanks to SPD markets and Pete’s Pizza. However, it would be very cool for you to donate to the cause in exchange for the munchies.

“It’s turning into something really great,” said Robert Bundy, the event organizer and an engineer for the Fire Department. “We’ve got about $5,000 now and our goal is $10,000.”

If you want to donate and make sure that goal is met, show up Saturday, or look at the accompanying information box for this story.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com, or call 477-4237.

To donate for the fight against children’s cancer Saturday, you can show up at the St. Baldrick’s fund-raiser at the Grass Valley Fire Department hall on Sierra College Drive from noon to 3 p.m. If you want to donate online, log on to http://www.stbaldricks.org. Click on “Find an Event” and type in Grass Valley. Click “Go” and you’re there. Then follow the directions and prompts in the donation section. If you want to donate without a computer, you can come by The Union and ask for Dave Moller, or call him at 477-4237. He can pick up your money or check and give you a receipt if needed. You can also e-mail event chairman Robert Bundy at robertbundy@hotmail.com for more information.

Information from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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