When it comes to helping those in need, it looks like one group of rabbis has made the cut.
Tuesday, at the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), 36 rabbis participated in the conference’s final event, “Shave for the Brave," for which they volunteered their locks to the cause, letting barbers remove every last hair on their heads.
The attention-grabbing demonstration was just one of many scheduled events to help raise funds and increase awareness for children’s cancer research.
The charity event at CCAR was sponsored by St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization which leads the fight in childhood cancer research. St Baldrick’s, through events similar to “Shave for the Brave,” advocates increased research on the front of children’s cancer, for which just 4% of federal cancer funds are provided.
With the help of the thirty-six rabbis, the event raised over $180,000 for kids such as Samuel Asher Sommer, who died last year of AML (Acute Myelogenous leukemia). Had research moved at a faster pace, Sam’s life, and the lives of more than 10,000 other children, could have been saved.
Despite the success, the foundation claims that there is still a great deal of work to do.
As for the next time they will be participating in “Shave for the Brave,” one could imagine it will be quite some time until the group of thirty-six is back for round two.