Wilton hosts seventh annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event

For the seventh year, Wilton High School will host a head-shaving event on March 15 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises awareness and funds to fight childhood cancer.

St. Baldrick’s participants shave their heads in exchange for donations towards research. Since the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s founding in 2000, more than 390,000 heads have been shaved in 18 countries and more than $50 million has been raised.

Wilton High School students and staff started participating in St. Baldrick’s in 2007 for a local child who was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma at the age of two-and-half and is now cancer-free.

The high school participated with the Fairfield-based TeamBrent for the first two years, but due to the success of its Wilton offshoot, it was able to expand into its own event in 2009.

Wilton High School seniors Zachary Verrilli and Mike Williams, juniors Ian Filaski, Samuel Muirhead and Sean Westerholm, and sophomores John Maggio, Owen McKessy and Kyle Shifrin are organizing this year’s St. Baldrick’s event.

“We have 64 shavees ready for March 15 at the high school cafeteria,” school counselor and event registrar Dan Pompa told The Bulletin last week, adding that “six area barbers have signed on to give us their time for free.”

Although the registration deadline to participate in Wilton High School’s St. Baldrick’s event has passed, donations are still being accepted.

To donate, visit stbaldricks.org, search “Wilton” in the top right box, then select a specific person or group.