Teen shaves head for good cause
By Marissa Amstutz
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a non-profit organization on one mission, funding childhood cancer research. So far, in 2016, they have raised $1,719,108. Their message spoke to Connie Christiansen a few years ago, when she began shaving her head to raise money to donate to this organization.
Christiansen participated in a St. Baldrick’s event as a shavee on Sunday at the BGSU student union.
“I’ve been doing this for four years now, and I have done it five or six times so far. I think the most I’ve raised is around $1,300,” said Christiansen, PHS ninth grader. “Honestly, I’m used to being bald at this point!”
Her father, who had cancer as a teenager, inspired her to stand up for children everywhere who face cancer.
“I want children to know that just because they have cancer doesn’t mean they are any different from us, and they don’t deserve to be an outcast just because they are sick,” she said.
Rachel Brownfield, an English teacher, enjoys having Connie in class.
“She shared the fact that she participates in these events at the beginning of the school year when the students introduced themselves,” Mrs. Brownfield said. “I absolutely think that more high school students should participate in events like these while they are young. That way, they won’t have to worry about their employer’s’ reaction to the sudden change. We are in a large school, and that means we have a big group to support each other here.”
Senior Kelly France highly respects Connie for her decision to alter her appearance for a good cause.
“I don’t know her very well, we take voice lessons from the same teacher, but what she is doing is honestly really cool,” she said. “A lot of people close to me have gone through cancer and I respect her for doing this.”
One day at a time, Connie Christiansen is saving lives and spreading the word about the importance of childhood cancer research. She plans on continuing with these events, and is still taking donations from her most current event here: https://www.stbaldricks.org/donate/participant/807036/2016.