PUEBLO, Colo. - Tis' the season for everything Irish. It's also the time for a popular fundraiser that has folks shedding their long locks for a good cause.
The 17th annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser came to the Steel City on Friday.
Volunteers agree to shave their heads bald, and in exchange, sponsors give them money for children's cancer research.
The event has special meaning for Bob Yarberry. His son tried to get him involed 14 years ago, but Bob chickened out, saying he liked his long hair too much.
"A few weeks later, I got my cancer diagnosis," says Bob. Luckily it was caught early, and Yarberry is now cancer free, but that close call has now prompted him to opt for the close shave every year since.
Money raised goes to fund cancer research and counseling for families. The St. Baldrick's Foundation has been in operation since 2000, starting out with 17 volunteers and some very humble aspirations.
Since then, however, the charity has exploded in popularity. Since the year 2005, the Foundation has raised more than $200 million for cancer research and drug development.
For more info on where to volunteer, or to look into starting an event of your own, check out the homepage for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.