The Burrow

Teacher Goes Bald for a Cause

By Fred Fairson

A startling statistic, as cited on the St. Baldrick’s for Childhood Cancer website, states that “before [children] turn 20, about one in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer.”


Dr. Malone, an English 10 teacher who is in her second year at GBHS, recently participated in a charity event for a foundation called St. Baldrick’s for Childhood Cancer, which involved voluntarily shaving her head.

Dr. Malone honored Jordan Connor, a former student whom she taught at Annapolis High School.  Jordan fought cancer and is in remission.

This was Malone’s first time shaving her head for this charity, but she’s been an active event volunteer in past years. This time around, as a “shavee,” she was required to raise money. So far she has raised $300 toward her goal of $1000 for childhood cancer research.  Her son Easton, also a “shavee” (pictured) has raised $700.

Prior to the event, she said the prospect of a bald head doesn’t bother her because of how passionate she is for the cause, and because she knows it will help a lot of children fighting cancer.  Afterward, she remarked that “it’s easy and it feels cool!”

She would like the readers to know that they don’t have to shave their heads to participate and can still do volunteer work or donate money if they’d like to help the cause.

Irish Pubs are a common venue for St. Baldrick’s shaving events.  The charity is worldwide, with shaving events all over the world.  This event took place on March 10, at O’Laughlin’s in Arnold, Maryland.

Stop by M201 and congratulate her on her new ‘do!

Additional information on the charity and the research it funds may be found on

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