Steven Strane Shows Sympathy and Shaves

Posted on June 17, 2008

Strane before.Last summer when the Rev. Steven Strane, of St. Timothy’s, Danville, went on sabbatical leave from his parish, he decided to forego haircuts as a way of marking his time away. After his sabbatical, his hair was noticeably longer. Shortly after his return to active ministry, St. Timothy's was about to host their annual outreach rundraiser and organizers asked Strane if they could put the fate of his hair up for auction.

"On the night of the event," Strane said, "the attendees divided themselves into a "coalition to cut it," and a "coalition to keep it."  The keep it coalition came up with the high bid, and we raised over $5,000 for our three beneficiaries, Options Recovery Services, Operation Second Chance, and GAIA."

At Easter time he had decided that his hair simply must be cut, and Strane decided once again to ask donations for shaving his head. Supporting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, he shaved his head and helped raise much needed funds for children with cancer. With a mission of Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation coordinates worldwide head-shaving events, where volunteer “shavees” raise money to support childhood cancer research.

Having gone more than a year without a haircut, Strane was delighted that his head-shaving would help the more than 160,000 children diagnosed with cancer worldwide each year. At a small festive head-shaving reception, he and the St. Timothy parishioners, were able to raise more than $5,000 for childhood cancer research.

St. Baldrick’s has raised over $15.8 million thus far in 2008 – with a goal of raising $17 million by the end of the year. Since 2000, head-shavings have taken place in 18 countries and 48 U.S. states, raising more than $48.5 million and shaving more than 71,000 heads. St. Baldrick’s funding opportunities now include fellowships, career development awards and research grants. Individuals shave their heads to stand in solidarity with the kids who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment.Strane after.