St. Baldrick's shaves the way to curing childhood cancers

March 24, 2019 08:42 PM

It was a heroes welcome for some of the toughest warriors around. Family, friends and supporters came out on Sunday morning to help kick childhood cancer to the curb.

"For kids it's the coolest thing in the world," said Josh Lare, a firefighter and event organizer. "It just makes them feel like they're the center of attention, take their mind off of that they're sick or were sick or going through treatment."

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Kids like ten year old Laney Robillard and four year old Sydney Shake. Laney has been battling brain cancer since 2017. Sydney has a rare form of kidney cancer.

"She's doing great. We only have two treatments left so we're really happy," said Malinda Shake, Sydney's mom.

"She's so strong and resilient and her attitude is just amazing.she is ready to take on the world. This is just a little bump in the road," said McKenzie Robillard, Laney's mom.

It's for them and the nearly 16,000 children diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year that more than 120 people are getting their heads shaved in Guilderland. The 13th Annual Melodies Center St. Baldrick's Fundraiser hopes to raise more than $100-thousand to help aid in childhood cancer research.

For 21 year old Hannah Priamo this is the second year she's having her head shaved. Hannah was diagnosed with leukemia at age 15 and is now in remission. She met Laney while undergoing treatment. 

"Having someone that understands the same thing you're going through and what, how different your life is from your neighbors or other peers, it's just nice to have someone that can relate to that," said Hannah.

They're three courageous young girls, brought together by a disease but bonded with their strength.

"Be strong and keep smiling," said Laney.

With each haircut their futures are getting brighter.

"I wanna be a doctor," said Laney.



Jacquie Slater

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